Press Releases


Learn How Your Museum or Garden Can Join the First Lady’s Initiative
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Apr 17, 2013

IMLS will host a free webinar to provide ideas and advice for museums and gardens that wish to participate in the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Lets Move! initiative. Read More

 
WebWise Reprise 2013: Free Online Webinars

Apr 16, 2013

IMLS, in cooperation with Heritage Preservation, will present two free webinars in June that explore how two cultural institutions are using digital images to increase and improve access to their collections.​ Read More

 
USCIS Welcomes New Citizens at the Library of Congress to Celebrate National Library Week

Apr 15, 2013

IMLS Director Susan Hildreth participated in a naturalization ceremony at Library of Congress during a National Library Week celebration. At the event IMLS and USCIS announced a partnership to encourage and recognize collaboration between citizen and immigration services and public libraries. Read More

 
National Student Poets Celebrate Poetry Month Across the United States

Apr 12, 2013

The five teenage National Student Poets serve as literary ambassadors for poetry. They are helping to celebrate National Poetry Month by spreading the word about their craft at workshops and events around the country. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: FY 13 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

Apr 11, 2013

The professional Development and education grants will help underserved communities, increase diversity among librarian recruits, and train in emerging fields of cloud computing and cybersecurity. Read More

 
President’s Budget Request Includes $225,812,538 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Apr 10, 2013

The budget highlights library and museum roles in 21st century skills with a special emphasis on STEM and on early childhood learning. Read More

 
IMLS Statement on FY 2013 Budget

Apr 08, 2013

Agency programs, research and administration cut 5.2% Read More

 
 
Video Game Design Is More Than Writing Code

Mar 18, 2013

Webinars show museums and libraries how to get youth involved in the National STEM Video Game Challenge. ​ Read More

 
IMLS Director Susan Hildreth Supports Broad Access to Federally Funded Research

Mar 14, 2013

Under a directive of the White House, IMLS is improving access to valuable research. Read More

 
IMLS Launches Page on Facebook

Mar 04, 2013

Finalists for the National Medal show the community value of museums and libraries. Read More

 
IMLS and Library of Congress Announce New National Digital Stewardship Residency

Feb 21, 2013

Applications are being accepted from recent master’s program graduates for nine-month residencies in the Washington, D.C. area. Read More

 
Calling All Youth Gamers: Contest for Original Video Games Now Open

Feb 11, 2013

IMLS is expanding opportunities for libraries and museums to support the 2013 National STEM Video Game Challenge, which is now excepting applications. Read More

 
IMLS and Nine International Research Funders Announce Round Three of the Digging into Data Challenge

Feb 05, 2013

IMLS joins nine other funders for the international Digging into Data Challenge, a grant program that spurs projects that explore how computationally intensive research methods can be used to gain new insights into our world. Read More

 
Call for Applications: 2013 Native Hawaiian Library Services Program

Jan 29, 2013

Applications are now being accepting for the Native Hawaiian Library Services Grant program. Note that the program’s deadline is now April 1, 2013. Read More

 
WebWise 2013: Audrey Watters Announced as Keynote Speaker

Jan 23, 2013

Freelance writer Audrey Watters has been chosen as one of the keynote speakers for the 2013 WebWise Conference.​ Read More

 
IMLS 2010 Public Library Survey Results Announced

Jan 22, 2013

Libraries doing more with less – Local government taking larger funding role Read More

 
Call for Existing Research on Arts Programs

Jan 15, 2013

IMLS joins Arts Education Partnership to expand body of evidence on the role of Arts Education Programs in America’s museums and libraries. Read More

 
Registration Opens for WebWise 2013

Jan 15, 2013

Registration is now open for the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) WebWise Conference, which will take place March 6-8 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace in Baltimore, MD. Read More

 
IMLS Awards $250,000 to the Northeast Document Conservation Center for a System to Digitize Audio Recordings from Obsolete Formats

Jan 10, 2013

A grant of $250,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) will help them provide for first time a much needed service to museums, libraries, and archives around the country. They will use new technologies to convert audio recordings from obsolete formats, such as wax cylinders and records, to new digital formats. Read More

 
Maura Marx Selected as IMLS Deputy Director for the Office of Library Services

Jan 03, 2013

IMLS hires digital library expert to fill leadership position. Marx will begin in May 2013. Read More

 
IMLS Awards $249,999 to the Chicago Public Library Foundation to Create a Maker Space

Dec 20, 2012

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced today a grant in the amount of $249,999 to the Chicago Public Library Foundation to develop a Maker space. Read More

 
Call for Applications: 2013 Native American Library Services Grant: Basic Grants

Dec 20, 2012

Applications are now being accepting for the Native American Library Services Basic Grant program. Note that the program’s deadline is now March 1, 2013. Read More

 
IMLS and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Convene Experts

Dec 07, 2012

IMLS and the Campaign held a meeting to begin developing a groundbreaking policy report on the role of museums and libraries in early learning. The publication is planned for April 2013. Read More

 
Call for Applications: 2013 Native American Library Services Enhancement Grant Program

Dec 06, 2012

Applications are now being accepting for the Native American Library Services Enhancement Grant program. Note that the program’s deadline is now March 1, 2013. Read More

 
President Obama Appoints Althemese Pemberton Barnes and Vishakha N. Desai to the National Museum and Library Services Board

Dec 05, 2012

IMLS Announces the two newest members of the National Museum and Library Services Board, Althemese Pemberton Barnes and Vishakha N. Desai. Read More

 
Call for Applications: National Leadership Grants-Libraries

Dec 03, 2012

Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 National Leadership Grants-Libraries. The deadline is February 1, 2013. Read More

 
Call for Applications: 2013 Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums

Nov 29, 2012

Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums. The deadline is February 1, 2013. Read More

 
Call for Applications: 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

Nov 28, 2012

Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. The deadline is February 4, 2013. Read More

 
President Obama Appoints Eight New Board Members to the National Museum and Library Services Board

Nov 16, 2012

Yesterday in a ceremony at the Supreme Court, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg administered the oath of office, officially swearing in eight new members of the National Museum and Library Services Board appointed by President Barack Obama. Read More

 
Collections and Buildings Damage Assessments Available for Museums in Federal Declared Disaster Areas

Nov 16, 2012

IMLS and Heritage Preservation are working together to assist museums impacted by Hurricane Sandy by offering damage assessments through the Conservation Assessment Program. Read More

 
National Medal for Museum and Library Service to be Conferred Today

Nov 14, 2012

White House celebration recognizes exceptional contributions of 10 museums and libraries. Read More

 
New Grants Help Museums and Libraries Connect Youth with Friends, Learning, and Mentors to Link their Passions to Future Success

Nov 08, 2012

Learning Labs Foster Creativity and Collaboration through Creation in STEM and Beyond. Read More

 
National Museum and Library Services Board to Meet on November 15

Nov 07, 2012

The board will explore the roles of libraries and museum in early learning. Read More

 
Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces Recipients of 2012 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Nov 05, 2012

IMLS congratulates the 2012 recipients of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The ten institutions provide exceptional service to their communities. Read More

 
Call for Applications: Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

Nov 02, 2012

IMLS is accepting applications for the Museums for African American History and Culture grant program. The program’s new deadline is January 15, 2013. Read More

 
Call for Applications: Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Oct 17, 2012

IMLS is accepting applications for the Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services grant program. The program’s new deadline is January 15, 2013. Read More

 
Call for Applications: FY 2013 Museums for America and National Leadership Grants for Museums

Oct 16, 2012

IMLS announces new guidelines and a new deadline for the nation’s largest museum grant programs. Read More

 
IMLS Awards ALA Grant to Advance Library-Led Community Engagement

Oct 09, 2012

The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities partners ALA with the Harwood Institute for phase one planning. Read More

 
Museum Assessment Program Announces 2012 Participants
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Oct 04, 2012

One hundred and twenty-six museums in 39 states have been selected to participate in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) during 2012. The initiative, which is funded by IMLS and administered by the American Alliance of Museums, promotes professional practices in museums and the field. Read More

 
2013 National Medal Nominations Are Due October 15
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Oct 02, 2012

Accelerated deadline to accommodate spring ceremony. Read More

 
IMLS Announces $2.5 Million to Support Early Learning
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Sep 27, 2012

Museums and libraries will address school readiness and summer reading loss. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: National Leadership Grants

Sep 20, 2012

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced 52 National Leadership Grants totaling $12,065,054. The institutions receiving the awards are matching them with $9,759,281 in non-federal funds. IMLS received 211 applications requesting $47,635,924. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: 21st Century Museum Professionals

Sep 20, 2012

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced nine 21st Century Museum Professionals grants totaling $1,968,346. The recipients are matching their grants with a total of $2,277,018 in non-federal funds. IMLS received 68 applications requesting $11,630,873. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants

Sep 20, 2012

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced 14 Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants totaling $1,644,268. IMLS received 47 applications requesting $6,306,472. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: Connecting to Collections Statewide Implementation Grants

Sep 20, 2012

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced eight Connecting to Collections Statewide Implementation Grants totaling $1,775,638. IMLS received 14 applications requesting $2,937,713.​ Read More

 
IMLS Award to the Public Library Association will Develop Online Digital Literacy Resource

Sep 14, 2012

Lack of digital skills impacts the lives millions of Americans. This new resource will provide free high quality tools and training. Read More

 
IMLS Awards $250,000 to the Digital Public Library of America for Digital Hubs Pilot Program

Sep 13, 2012

The project will take the first steps to bring together existing U.S. digital library infrastructure into a sustainable national digital library system. Read More

 
IMLS Awards Grant to Engage Libraries in US Ignite

Sep 12, 2012

Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will explore how libraries can adopt and use next-generation internet. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Sep 05, 2012

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced 22 awards totaling $925,687 matched with $625,932 of non-federal funds for Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program Grants. IMLS received 36 applications requesting $1,686,001 in funds. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: Native Hawaiian Library Services Grants

Aug 21, 2012

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today three awards totaling $552,000 for Native Hawaiian Library Services. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: African American History and Culture

Jul 31, 2012

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today 14 awards totaling $1,442,312, matched with $1,903,034 of non-federal funds for Museum Grants for African American History and Culture. IMLS received 41 applications requesting $4,277,160 in funds. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: Sparks! Ignition Grants

Jul 26, 2012

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced 13 awards totaling $304,866 matched with $174,266 of non-federal funds for Sparks! Ignition Grants. IMLS received 69 applications requesting nearly $1.8 million. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: Museums for America

Jul 19, 2012

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today 152 awards totaling $18,113,376 matched with $34,666,759 of non-federal funds for Museums for America Program Grants. IMLS received 470 applications requesting $52,296,907. Read More

 
Call for Applications: Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

Jul 17, 2012

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications in the following grant program: Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program; Deadline: September 17, 2012 Read More

 
Draft Survey for Museums Count Submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for Review
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Jul 06, 2012

Museums Count to be the first national, Web-based census of the museum field. Read More

 
IMLS Announces Grant to Identify Library E-Book Strategies

Jun 22, 2012

The rise of e-books is one of the most important developments in public libraries in this decade. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: FY 12 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

Jun 14, 2012

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced 32 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian (LB21) grants totaling $10,356,498. Recipients are matching these awards with $6,650,021 in non-federal funds. IMLS received 106 LB21 applications this year, requesting a total of $37,815,498. Read More

 
IMLS Announces Grant to Support Libraries’ Roles in National Broadband Adoption Efforts

Jun 14, 2012

Grant to WebJunction will help national digital literacy efforts effectively leverage and support libraries.​ Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: Native American Library Services Basic Grants

Jun 12, 2012

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today 235 grants serving 242 tribes and totaling $1,666,000 for the Native American Library Services Basic Grant and Basic Grant with Education/Assessment Option Program. Read More

 
IMLS Awards $50,000 to the Public Library Association to Prototype a Summer Reading App

Jun 06, 2012

Libraries to develop new tools to combat summer learning loss. Read More

 
Call for Nominations: 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service
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Jun 01, 2012

The National Medal celebrates libraries and museums that make a difference for individuals, families and communities. Apply by October 15, 2012. Read More

 
New Report Explores Roles of Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture
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May 16, 2012

Report from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Salzburg Global Seminar convening of 58 library, museum and cultural heritage leaders from 31 countries to explore the changing nature of "community," "access," "public value" and "participation writ large" in a digital world. Read More

 
WebWise Reprise: Live Online Webinars

May 15, 2012

Back by popular demand! Join IMLS, Heritage Preservation and panelists from WebWise to discuss “Sharing Public History Work: Crowdsourcing Data” and “Oral History in the Digital Age.” Read More

 
Draft Museum Grant Guidelines Available for Public Comment

May 09, 2012

IMLS is working to make its grant applications more clear, concise and well-organized. We encourage interested parties to review our draft and let us know how we’re doing. Read More

 
IMLS and Chinese Ministry of Culture Renew Cultural Exchange Agreement

May 08, 2012

Museum and library professional exchange continues to play an important role in people-to-people engagement between the U.S. and China. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: FY 2012 Conservation Project Support

Apr 26, 2012

The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced 31 Conservation Project Support grants totaling $2,614,183. Recipients are matching these awards with $4,009,698 in non-federal funds. IMLS received 128 CPS applications this year, requesting a total of $9,954,623. Read More

 
IMLS and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announce New Initiative to Encourage Partnerships to Improve Early Learning
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Apr 24, 2012

IMLS and the Administration for Children and Families are teaming up to spur collaboration between Head Start and child care programs and libraries to enhance early learning. Read More

 
Call for Applications: Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums

Apr 17, 2012

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications in the Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums grant program, with a deadline of June 15, 2012. Read More

 
New Multimedia Tools Help Museums, Libraries Support 21st Century Skills

Apr 13, 2012

IMLS has made new resources available to museums and libraries looking to build 21st century skills in their communities. Read More

 
IMLS Makes WebWise Video Available

Mar 22, 2012

The Institute of Museum and Library Services today posted the webcast of WebWise 2012 Read More

 
Building Digital Communities: New Resource to Help Communities Bridge the Digital Divide
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Mar 21, 2012

IMLS has released Building Digital Communities: A Framework for Action and its companion primer Building Digital Communities: Getting Started, new resources to help set a vision for the future. Read More

 
Call for Applications: Native Hawaiian Library Services Program

Mar 19, 2012

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications in the Native Hawaiian Library Services grant program, with a deadline of May 15, 2012. Read More

 
Call for Applications: Native American Library Services: Enhancement Grants Program

Feb 13, 2012

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications in the Native American Library Services: Enhancement Grants program, with a deadline of May 1, 2012. Read More

 
President Requests $231,953,777 for Institute of Museum and Library Services

Feb 13, 2012

President Obama has requested $231,953,777 for fiscal year 2013 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), an amount equal to the agency’s current funding. Read More

 
IMLS to Hold Briefing on FY13 Budget Request

Feb 08, 2012

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Director Susan Hildreth and other IMLS officials will present a briefing on the agency’s FY 2013 budget request. Read More

 
State Library Agencies Continue to Provide Valuable Services Despite Severe Cuts in Funding and Staff
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Feb 06, 2012

IMLS has released its report on the State Library Survey for fiscal year 2010, providing valuable information to library policy makers and other interested parties. Read More

 
Application Deadline Extended: National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

Feb 01, 2012

The deadline for applications for the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards has been extended. Read More

 
Call for Applications: Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Jan 18, 2012

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications in the Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services grant program, with a deadline of April 2, 2012. Read More

 
Call for Applications: 21st Century Museum Professionals

Jan 09, 2012

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications in the 21st Century Museum Professionals grant program, with a deadline of March 15, 2012. Read More

 
Registration Opens for WebWise 2012; Le Var Burton Announced as a Keynote Speaker

Jan 06, 2012

Registration is now open for the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) WebWise Conference, which will take place February 29th-March 2nd at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace in Baltimore, MD. Today conference organizers announced that actor and literacy champion LeVar Burton has been chosen as one of the keynote speakers. Burton will speak on the morning of March 1. Read More

 
IMLS Director Susan Hildreth Welcomes Robert Horton, New IMLS Associate Deputy Director for Library Services

Jan 04, 2012

Statement of IMLS Director Susan Hildreth: I am pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Horton as IMLS Associate Deputy Director for Library Services. In his new position at IMLS, he is responsible for the management of the discretionary grant programs in the Office of Library Services. Read More

 
Call for Applications: Native American Library Services Grant: Basic Grants

Jan 03, 2012

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications in the Native American Library Services Basic Grants grant program, with a deadline of March 1, 2012. Read More

 
IMLS and Partners Award $4.8 Million for “Digging Into Data” Projects

Jan 03, 2012

The Institute of Museum and Library Services and seven global partners today awarded approximately $4.8 million to international research teams investigating how computational techniques may be applied to “big data” —the massive multisource datasets made possible by modern technology. Read More

 
Call for Applications: National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

Dec 28, 2011

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is accepting applications for the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. Read More

 
IMLS Fills Two Top Positions

Dec 23, 2011

IMLS Director Susan Hildreth is pleased to announce two recent appointments. Read More

 
Ten Institutions Receive Nation’s Highest Honor for Museum and Library Service
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Dec 06, 2011

Ten museums and libraries were awarded the 2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Service in a ceremony. The medal is the highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community.​ Read More

 
IMLS Commits Up to $2 Million to Advance Goals of the Campaign for Grade Level Reading

Dec 02, 2011

IMLS is committing up to $2 million of FY12 National Leadership Grant funds to advance the goals of the Campaign for Grade Level Reading. The agency has scheduled two Web conferences for prospective applicants to learn more about this new opportunity. Read More

 
IMLS Releases New Five Year Strategic Plan
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Dec 02, 2011

Susan Hildreth releases the agency’s new strategic plan for FY 2012 – FY 2016. The plan envisions a democratic society where communities and individuals thrive with broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage and lifelong learning. Read More

 
Call for Applications: National Leadership Grants

Nov 30, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications in the following grant program: National Leadership Grants. Deadline: February 1, 2012 Read More

 
Call for Applications: Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums

Nov 30, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications in the following grant program: Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums. Deadline: February 1, 2012 Read More

 
National Student Poets Program Launches
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Nov 21, 2011

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and IMLS have partnered with the nonprofit the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers to create the National Student Poets Program, the country’s highest honor for youth poets whose original work exhibits exceptional creativity, dedication to craft and promise. Read More

 
Library Visits at Historic High
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Nov 18, 2011

IMLS reports library visits at record high. Read More

 
Call for Applications: Connecting to Collections Statewide Implementation Grants

Nov 18, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications in the following grant program: Connecting to Collections Statewide Implementation Grants. Deadline: February 1, 2012. Read More

 
National Competition Selects 12 Libraries and Museums to Build Innovative Learning Labs for Teens

Nov 17, 2011

Today, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced the first 12 winners of a national competition to build 21st Century learning labs in museums and libraries around the country. Read More

 
IMLS Awards Grant to OCLC’s WebJunction to Get Communities on the Path to Digital Inclusion

Nov 04, 2011

IMLS has awarded a grant of $249,871 to OCLC’s WebJunction for a project aimed at helping communities across the country get started on the path to digital inclusion. The project will complement IMLS’s efforts to help libraries and other community-based organizations (CBOs) make strategic decisions about providing public access to broadband. Read More

 
IMLS Partners with George Mason University's Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media for 2012 WebWise Conference

Nov 04, 2011

IMLS announced today that George Mason University’s Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (CHNM), partnering with the Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC), has been chosen to help organize the 2012 WebWise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital Age. Read More

 
First Lady Michelle Obama Honors After-School Programs for Changing Lives and Communities
photo of Teri Hein, Meron Kasahun, and Michelle Obama

Nov 03, 2011

With their personal stories offering dramatic proof that arts and humanities programs can build critical learning and life skills, twelve young people from across the country were awarded the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award by First Lady Michelle Obama on November 2. Read More

 
IMLS Seeks Input on Proposed Framework for Digitally Inclusive Communities
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Nov 02, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services, working together with the International City/County Management Association and the University of Washington Information School, is seeking public input on its proposed framework for Building Digitally Inclusive Communities. Read More

 
Call for Applications: Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

Nov 01, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications in the following grant program: Museum Grants for African American History and Culture. Deadline: January 17, 2012. Read More

 
IMLS Announces the 2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Recipients
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Oct 25, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has selected five libraries and five museums to receive the 2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Read More

 
Call for Nominations: 2012 National Medal for Museum and Library Service
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Oct 06, 2011

Supporters of outstanding museums and libraries are encouraged to nominate these institutions for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for exemplary museum and library community service. The National Medal honors museums and libraries that make extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental, and social contributions. The winners are honored at a National Medal award ceremony held in Washington, D.C.. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: 21st Century Museum Professionals

Sep 27, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today 10 awards totaling $1,989,953 matched with $2,414,685 of non-federal funds for 21st Century Museum Professionals Grants. IMLS received 52 applications requesting $12,979,870 in funds. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: National Leadership Grants

Sep 27, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today 48 awards totaling $14,661,217 matched with $12,929,824 of non-federal funds for National Leadership Grants. IMLS received 210 applications requesting $80,179,046 in funds. Read More

 
Call for Applications: Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant

Sep 23, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications in the following grant program: Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program; Deadline: December 15, 2011. Read More

 
Results Released: Independent Review of Museums for America
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Sep 23, 2011

Independent study evaluates the IMLS Museums for America Grants program. The two-year study examines the program’s efficacy in serving the museum community and the impact of the MFA program and MFA-funded projects. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: Native Hawaiian Library Services Program

Sep 20, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today 2 awards totaling $565,700 matched with $166,855 of non-federal funds for Native Hawaiian Library Services Program Grants. IMLS received 2 applications requesting $775,325 in funds. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: Native American Library Services Enhancement Program

Sep 15, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today 15 awards totaling $2,010,695 matched with $965,369 of non-federal funds for Native American Library Services Enhancement Program Grants. IMLS received 45 applications requesting $5,588,368 in funds. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Sep 15, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today 21 awards totaling $984,287 matched with $667,834 of non-federal funds for Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program Grants. IMLS received 33 applications requesting $1,457,837 in funds. Read More

 
CA, OK, and ME to Host IMLS Digital Inclusion Forums

Sep 09, 2011

IMLS has announced a three-city tour to receive community input on creating digitally inclusive communities. IMLS director, Susan Hildreth will visit Los Angeles, California, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Bangor, Maine and work with state librarians to lead community and leadership forums. “We are looking forward to hearing directly from community members and local officials about the challenges they face in creating digitally inclusive communities” said Susan Hildreth, IMLS Director. Read More

 
Call for Applications: Museums for America Grants

Aug 29, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for Museums for America Grants. Read More

 
UpNext! IMLS Launches New Blog
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Aug 25, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), today announced the launch of a new blog, UpNext! The primary goal of the blog is to be a relevant and engaging online community where readers and contributors have a collaborative, open, and transparent environment to share their views and expertise. Read More

 
Primary Source Director's Message -- August 2011
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Aug 15, 2011

Nearly 1,400 of you participated in our "virtual town hall" during the last four weeks! Last month, we launched a social media tool called "IdeaScale" to get public input to help shape the IMLS strategic plan. While we know that rapid changes are stressing our communities and our institutions, a browse through the many ideas that were shared demonstrate the resilience, optimism and public value of libraries and museums. Read More

 
IMLS Director Susan Hildreth Statement on Appointment of Claudia French, New IMLS Deputy Director for Museum Programs, and Agency Reorganization
Claudia French, IMLS Deputy Director for Museums

Aug 12, 2011

This is an important time in the development of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. During my term at IMLS we will be implementing the reauthorization of the Museum and Library Services Act, developing a new five year strategic plan with emphasis on performance, and responding to and planning for reduced budgets. Read More

 
Call for Applications: Conservation Project Support Grants

Aug 02, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications in the following grant program: Conservation Project Support; Deadline: October 3, 2011. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: Museums for America

Jul 29, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today 160 awards totaling $18,777,552 matched with $32,007,711 of non-federal funds for Museums for America Program Grants. IMLS received 481 applications requesting $53,655,280 in funds. Read More

 
2011 Grant Awards Announcement: African American History and Culture

Jul 26, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today 15 awards totaling $1,455,606 matched with $1,668,215 of non-federal funds for Museum Grants for African American History and Culture. IMLS received 41 applications requesting $4,433,894 in funds. Read More

 
Primary Source Director's Message -- July 2011
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Jul 15, 2011

The 4th of July has come and gone and mid-summer is upon us. Hopefully you have some time to relax this summer, maybe vacationing, staycationing, or spending time with family and friends. While the summer can be a busy time for museums and libraries, visitors and children on summer vacation can spend more time using our services, remember that downtime is necessary! It helps us recharge and can increase creativity and productivity. Read More

 
Submit Your Ideas on IMLS's Strategic Plan

Jul 15, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) wants your ideas on how it can carry out its statutory responsibility “to support museum, library, and information services to meet the information, education, research, economic, cultural, and civic needs of the people of the United States.” Read More

 
IMLS Extends Deadline for RFP for Cooperator to Host the 2012 and 2013 WebWise Conferences

Jun 29, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invites proposals to develop and host the 2012 and prospectively 2013, WebWise Conferences on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World in cooperation with IMLS. Read More

 
Myth vs. Fact: Who are Today's Library Computer Users?
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Jun 27, 2011

Public access computers in U.S. public libraries continue to be in high demand according to Who’s in the Queue: Public Access Computer Users, a new research brief by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The report dispels some myths that have lingered regarding the target service population for public access computers in U.S. public libraries. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: Native American Library Services Basic Grant and Basic Grant with Education/Assessment Option Program

Jun 21, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today 215 awards totaling $1,531,000 for the Native American Library Services Basic Grant and Basic Grant with Education/Assessment Option Program. IMLS received 219 applications requesting $1,570,000 in funds. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

Jun 21, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today 24 awards totaling $11,227,761 matched with 25,398,758 of non-federal funds for Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grants. IMLS received 119 applications requesting $55,826,525 in funds. Read More

 
U.S. IMPACT Study Second Report - Opportunity for All: How Library Policies and Practices Impact Public Internet Access
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Jun 17, 2011

Public libraries have become essential points of access to the Internet and computers in local communities, with nearly every library in the country offering public internet access. Yet, individual library practices can have significant affect on the quality and character of this public service. Opportunity for All: How Library Policies and Practices Impact Public Internet Access, offers an analysis of the service in four public library systems and makes recommendations. Read More

 
Primary Source Director's Message -- June 2011
IMLS Director Susan Hildreth

Jun 17, 2011

President Obama recently kicked off the year of Strong Fathers, Strong Families as part of his Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative. It's an effort with partners from around the nation to create simple opportunities for dads and kids to connect. “Father's Day reminds us parents that we have no more solemn obligation than to care for our children. But far too many young people in America grow up without their dads, and our families and communities are challenged as a result,” said President Obama.​ Read More

 
IMLS Releases Preview of Framework for Digitally Inclusive Communities

Jun 17, 2011

Libraries, businesses, hospitals, schools, cultural institutions, community technology centers and local governments face difficult decisions about how to create and sustain access to broadband technologies. To help community leaders make strategic decisions about technology investments, the Institute of Museum and Library Services released, Building Digitally Inclusive Communities: A guide to the proposed framework. Read More

 
IMLS Releases Grant Guidelines for Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums

Jun 17, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announces the availability of application guidelines for the “Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums” project, funded jointly by IMLS and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Read More

 
National Museum and Library Services Board Meets June 13, 2011 to Discuss Strategic Plan

Jun 07, 2011

The National Museum and Library Services Board meeting will be held at the Institute of Museum and Library Services offices at 1800 M St., NW on June 13, 2011 from 1 – 3:30 p.m. This meeting is open to the public and will be an important opportunity to participate in the development of the next five year strategic plan for IMLS. Read More

 
101 Museums Will Participate in Conservation Assessment Program

May 23, 2011

The Conservation Assessment Program (CAP), which assists small museums in providing appropriate care for endangered collections, has announced this year’s participating museums. In 2011, 101 museums in 36 states and Puerto Rico will have the condition of their collections and historic structures assessed. CAP is administered by Heritage Preservation and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through its National Leadership Grants program. Read More

 
First Lady Michelle Obama Joins IMLS to Launch Let's Move! Museums & Gardens

May 23, 2011

Today, First Lady Michelle Obama and Institute of Museum and Library Services Director Susan Hildreth announced the launch of Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens. The national initiative will provide opportunities for millions of museum and garden visitors to learn about healthy food choices and will promote physical activity through interactive exhibits and programs. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: Conservation Project Support

May 20, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today 31 awards totaling $2,641,657 matched with $3,317,978 of non-federal funds for Conservation Project Support Grants. IMLS received 136 applications requesting $10,719,667 in funds. Read More

 
Primary Source Director's Message -- May 2011
IMLS Director Susan Hildreth

May 19, 2011

Recently, terrible storms hit the southeast region of the country bringing tragic and heartbreaking loss of life. The storms also left many buildings, homes and even libraries destroyed and in need of major repair. Read More

 
Museum Assessment Program Announces 2011 Participants

May 16, 2011

The Museum Assessment Program (MAP), a proven initiative that promotes professional practices in museums and the field, has announced its latest group of participants. The program is funded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and throughout its 30 years has been administered by the American Association of Museums (AAM). As part of the IMLS National Leadership program, MAP advances best practices and fosters improvement in museums. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: 2011 Sparks! Ignition Grants

May 03, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today 14 awards totaling $336,281 matched with $360,444 of non-federal funds for Sparks! Ignition Grants. IMLS received 106 applications requesting $2,468,234 in funds. Read More

 
IMLS Issues RFP for Cooperator to Host the 2012 and 2013 WebWise Conferences
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May 02, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invites proposals to develop and host the 2012 and prospectively 2013, WebWise Conferences on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World in cooperation with IMLS. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: Connecting to Collections Statewide Implementation Grants

Apr 28, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today 6 awards totaling $1,402,322 matched with $92,270 of non-federal funds for Connecting to Collections Statewide Implementation Grants. IMLS received 12 applications requesting $2,574,747 in funds. Read More

 
Statement on the FY 11 Budget from Susan H. Hildreth, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Apr 26, 2011

In allocating the FY 11 appropriation, we have carefully reviewed our strategic priorities and our activities that have the greatest impact. Read More

 
State Support for Library Services Declining
Research Brief No. 3, April 2011

Apr 18, 2011

Many State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) are reporting steep and sudden declines in state revenues for library services, according to a report released today by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The majority of states reported reductions, with six states reporting losses of greater than 15 percent in one year. Overall, 51 SLAAs collected $34 million less in state revenue in FY 2009 than they did in FY 2008. Read More

 
Primary Source Director's Message -- April 2011
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Apr 15, 2011

Each year in April we have the opportunity to recognize the excellent work of our nation's libraries. National Library Week and School Library Month help us to reflect on the essential role of libraries and library professionals. Read More

 
Webcasts of 2011 WebWise Conference Now Available

Apr 15, 2011

Washington, DC—Webcasts of the 2011 WebWise Conference on "Libraries, Museums, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in Research, Education, and Practice", held March 9-11, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland are now available online. Libraries and museums are partners in the national effort to improve STEM learning in the US. They support both formal and informal learning with projects that range from fostering group investigation and creation techniques for youth to tackling the... Read More

 
The Urban Libraries Council and the Association of Science-Technology Centers Selected for Teen Learning Labs Project

Apr 08, 2011

Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation are pleased to announce that they will support a partnership between the Urban Libraries Council and the Association of Science-Technology Centers to manage the Learning Labs Project. Together they will commit $4 million to support knowledge sharing activities for museums and libraries nationwide, a framework for measuring outcomes, and grants to create up to 30 new Learning L​ Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: American Heritage Preservation Program

Mar 23, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today 54 awards totaling $152,112 for American Heritage Preservation grants. IMLS received 146 applications requesting $412,952 in funds. Read More

 
Primary Source Director's Message -- February/March 2011
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Mar 16, 2011

It is a great honor to be appointed by the President and confirmed by the US Senate to serve as the fourth director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Read More

 
Eight International Research Funders Announce Round Two of the Digging into Data Challenge

Mar 16, 2011

Today, eight international research funders are jointly announcing their participation in round two of the Digging into Data Challenge, a grant competition designed to spur cutting edge research in the humanities and social sciences. Read More

 
Public Access Technology Needed to Build Strong Communities

Mar 10, 2011

“What are the characteristics of a successful digitally-inclusive community?" Over 70 organizations with deep knowledge about public access technology and the diverse educational and information needs of communities will spend the next few weeks considering that question. Read More

 
Justice Stephen Breyer Swears-in Susan Hildreth as New Director of IMLS
Photo of Justice Breyer administering the oath of office to Susan Hildreth.

Mar 02, 2011

On February 24, 2011, the Honorable Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, administered a ceremonial oath of office to Susan H. Hildreth, the new Director of the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services before a gathering of library and museum leaders, federal and state officials, national service organizations and congressional staff. Read More

 
President Requests $242,605,000 for Institute of Museum and Library Services

Feb 14, 2011

President Obama has requested $242,605,000 for fiscal year 2012 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Read More

 
IMLS Accepting Applications for Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants

Feb 08, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting grant applications to the Native American Library Services Enhancement Grant program. Read More

 
IMLS Accepting Applications for Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Grants

Feb 01, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting grant applications to the Native American/Native Hawaiian (NANH) Museum Services program. Read More

 
IMLS Announces Save America’s Treasures Grant Awards

Feb 01, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded nine Save America’s Treasures Grants. Save America’s Treasures makes critical investments in the preservation of our nation’s most significant and endangered cultural treasures, which illustrate, interpret, and embody the great events, ideas, and individuals that contribute to America’s history and culture. Read More

 
Museums Count Workshop: Data Definitions Expert Reviewers Group
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Jan 25, 2011

On January 25 IMLS, together with White Oak Institute and the American Association of Museums will convene a group of museum experts to discuss data definitions for Museums Count, an IMLS initiative to build a comprehensive, real-time, web-based database of museums in the United States. Read More

 
Primary Source Acting Director's Message: Transitions
Marsha Semmel

Jan 21, 2011

The new year is always a good time to look back and look ahead, and, as I write this, I am preparing to leave the acting director’s position to return to serving as IMLS Deputy for Museum Services and Director of Strategic Partnerships. It’s been a privilege to serve at the helm of the Institute of Museum and Library Services over the past ten months. Read More

 
IMLS and MacArthur Foundation Announce RFP for Cooperator to Manage National Grant Competition for Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums

Jan 20, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced today that they are seeking a cooperating partner to coordinate and manage a national grant competition that will fund the creation of up to 30 learning labs in libraries and museums across the country. Read More

 
Free Webinar: Libraries and 21st Century Skills

Jan 19, 2011

Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is hosting a webinar for library professionals to discuss the central role that libraries play in cultivating the creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communications skills that individuals need to be successful in the 21st century. Read More

 
Leaders Convene to Help Communities Assess Needs for Public Access Technology
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Jan 14, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is pleased to announce the selection of the Digital Inclusion Working Group. The working group will meet January 24-26 in Washington, DC and assist in the development of a Framework for Digitally-Inclusive Communities that can be used by local communities to assess their complex needs for public access technology. Read More

 
IMLS Calls for 21st Century Museum Professionals Grant Applications

Jan 10, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for the 2011 21st Century Museum Professionals grants program. Proposals will be accepted from museums, museum service organizations, and universities for projects that will improve the knowledge and skills of museum staff in multiple institutions. Read More

 
Dominican University and Chicago Public Library Offer Workshop on 21st Century Skills

Jan 07, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is pleased to announce that Dominican University and the Chicago Public Library will present a workshop on “21st Century Skills: How Does Your Organization Stack Up?” The workshop will explore concepts introduced in the IMLS report “Museums, Libraries and 21st Century Skills.” Read More

 
Call for Nominations: 2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Jan 05, 2011

Supporters of outstanding museums and libraries are encouraged to nominate these institutions for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for exemplary museum and library community service. The National Medal honors museums and libraries that make extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental, and social contributions. Medal winners receive a $10,000 award and are honored at a National Medal award ceremony held in Washington, D.C. Read More

 
Senate Confirms President’s Nomination of New IMLS Director
Photo of Susan Hildreth

Dec 23, 2010

On December 22, 2010 Susan Hildreth's nomination to be director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) was confirmed by unanimous consent by the United States Senate. Read More

 
President Obama Signs Museum and Library Services Act of 2010

Dec 23, 2010

The President signed into law the Museum and Library Services Act of 2010 (S. 3984) on December 22, 2010. The new law reauthorizes the existing programs of the Institute of Museum and Library Services with some important changes. Read More

 
First Lady Michelle Obama Recognizes Outstanding Museums and Libraries at White House Ceremony
Photo of Mrs. Obama standing at the podium in the East Room.

Dec 17, 2010

First Lady Michelle Obama presented the 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to five museums and five libraries at a White House ceremony today. The National Medal is the highest honor the nation confers on these institutions for their outstanding contribution to America’s communities.​ Read More

 
IMLS Calls for 2011 Native American Library Services Basic Grant Applications

Dec 17, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for the 2011 Native American Library Services Basic Grant program. Federally recognized Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages and corporations may apply for these grants in either the Basic or the Basic with Education/Assessment Option categories. Read More

 
Statement from the IMLS Acting Director on the Loss of Peter C. Marzio

Dec 14, 2010

We at IMLS mourn the passing of Dr. Peter C. Marzio, director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, on Thursday, December 9, at the age of 67. Read More

 
IMLS to Hold Next 21st Century Skills Workshop at the Miami-Dade Public Library

Dec 06, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced that it will hold a workshop on December 8, 2010, at the Miami-Dade Public Library as part of a national campaign aimed at engaging museums, libraries, and civic leaders in meeting the 21st century learning needs of their communities. IMLS is co-hosting the event with the Miami-Dade Public Library System and the Wolfsonian-Florida International University. Read More

 
2011 National Leadership Grant Guidelines Now Available

Dec 02, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting grant applications for the agency’s 2011 National Leadership Grant (NLG) program. Applications, guidelines, and examples of successful proposals can be found on the agency’s Web site. The deadline for submitting applications is February 1, 2011. Read More

 
The 2010 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Celebrated at the White House
Joshua Heim, Exhibits Developer and King Lau, Youth Participant, of the Wing Luke Asian Museum YouthCAN program with Michelle Obama.

Nov 30, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invites nominations for the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program (NAHYP), which is the Nation’s highest honor for out-of-school, afterschool, and summer arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s youth, particularly those from underserved communities. Read More

 
American Folklife Center Symposium Highlights American Workers

Nov 30, 2010

The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invite the public to Work and Transformation: Documenting Working Americans, a free two-day public symposium on the documentation of work, workers, and the culture of work in contemporary America. The symposium will take place at the Library of Congress on Monday, December 6 and Tuesday, December 7, 2010. Read More

 
Application Guidelines Now Available for IMLS Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

Nov 15, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is pleased to announce the availability of guidelines and application forms for the 2011 Museum Grants for African American History and Culture. Read More

 
IMLS Holds 21st Century Skills Workshop at the San Francisco Public Library

Nov 04, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is holding a workshop at the San Francisco Public Library on November 4 as part of a national campaign aimed at engaging museums, libraries, and civic leaders in meeting the 21st century learning needs of their communities. Additional hosts include the Exploratorium and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Read More

 
Six New Members of National Museum and Library Services Board Take Oath of Office
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Oct 27, 2010

On October 18, Archivist of the United States David S. Ferreiro administered the oath of office to six new members of the National Museum and Library Services Board (NMLSB), the advisory board of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). All six new members were appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate earlier this year. Read More

 
The Institute of Museum and Library Services, the University of Washington, and the International City/County Management Association to Develop a Framework for Digitally Inclusive Communities

Oct 19, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today that it is awarding a $150,000 cooperative agreement to the University of Washington in partnership with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) to develop a framework for digitally inclusive communities. Read More

 
Primary Source Acting Director's Message -- October 2010
Marsha Semmel

Oct 18, 2010

I am pleased to let you know that IMLS has just released Connecting to Collections: A Report to the Nation. As many of you are aware, the 2005 IMLS-supported Heritage Health Index provided a comprehensive look at the state of collections held in libraries, museums, archives, scientific organizations and historical societies. Read More

 
IMLS to Sponsor Six Connecting to Collections Webinars

Oct 15, 2010

From October 28 through December 9, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in partnership with Heritage Preservation and the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), will be sponsoring a series of six webinars based on the national initiative Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action. Read More

 
National Museum and Library Services Board Meeting The Role of Libraries and Museums in STEM Education

Oct 12, 2010

The National Museum and Library Services Board meeting will focus on the role of libraries and museums in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning. Read More

 
Mary Minow Appointed to IMLS Advisory Board

Oct 07, 2010

On October 6, Mary Minow of California was appointed to the National Museum and Library Services Board (NMLSB). Minow was nominated by President Obama on April 26 and confirmed by the Senate on September 29. The NMLSB advises the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. Read More

 
Report Shows Progress Toward Improving Collections Care

Oct 05, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services, the primary source of federal support for the nation’s museums and libraries, has released Connecting to Collections: A Report to the Nation. The report describes how IMLS engaged dozens of public and private partners to reach thousands of museum and library professionals with resources and technical assistance to care for endangered collections. Read More

 
Institute of Museum and Library Services Sponsors the Pavilion of the States at the 10th Annual National Book Festival
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Sep 28, 2010

More than 150,000 book lovers flocked to the tenth annual National Book Festival held September 25, 2010, on the National Mall. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama acted as honorary chairs of the free festival, which was sponsored by the Library of Congress. For many families, the most popular tent was the Pavilion of the States, supported for the ninth year by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Read More

 
IMLS Calls for Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grant Applications

Sep 28, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invites proposals from libraries; archives; and library agencies, associations, and consortia for the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian (LB21) grant program. Read More

 
IMLS Announces Recipients of 21st Century Museum Professionals Grants

Sep 28, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced the seven recipients of FY 2010 21st Century Museum Professionals (21MP) grants totaling $1,795,798. These grants are designed to strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities of museum professionals. Read More

 
IMLS Awards National Leadership Grants to 34 Institutions, $17,311,078 Distributed

Sep 27, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal support for the nation’s museums and libraries, announced the 34 institutions that are receiving National Leadership Grants (NLG) totaling $17,311,078. Read More

 
Museums Count: IMLS developing web-based census of museums

Sep 23, 2010

IMLS is announcing a contract with the White Oak Institute and the American Association of Museums to develop standard data definitions in collaboration with the museum field. This work is part of the agency’s museum data collection project, Museums Count. Read More

 
IMLS Awards Library Services Grants to Native Hawaiian Organizations

Sep 17, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is pleased to announce the Native Hawaiian Library Services (NHLS) grantees for 2010: Alu Like, Inc., which will be awarded $420,000, and Hawai`i Maoli, which will receive $150,000. The grant program supports projects that increase access to, and use of, Hawaiian cultural and language resources; improve children’s reading skills; and help Native Hawaiians acquire literacy, computer, and employment skills. Read More

 
Primary Source Acting Director's Message -- September 2010
bioSemmel

Sep 17, 2010

I would like to recognize the museum and library professionals who have taken time out of their busy schedules in the past year to serve as panelists in our Washington D.C. offices or to participate as field reviewers. Everywhere I go, time and time again, I hear that the IMLS peer review process is the "gold standard" to which other organizations aspire. Read More

 
MacArthur and IMLS Announce Plans to Create up to 30 New Learning Labs at Libraries and Museums Across the Country

Sep 16, 2010

In support of President Obama's "Educate to Innovate" call to action, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced plans to create up to 30 new youth learning labs in libraries and museums across the country. Read More

 
IMLS Releases Guidelines for Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums

Sep 09, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announces the release of grant guidelines for Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums. This new grant program will provide one-year grants of $10,000 to $25,000 for innovative projects that respond to the challenges and opportunities facing cultural heritage institutions in a rapidly changing information environment. The submission deadline is November 15, 2010. Read More

 
IMLS Releases Sustainability Plan in Keeping with Presidential Directive

Sep 09, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services today released its agency sustainability plan, setting goals for environmental and energy performance. The plan is part of a federal government-wide initiative President Obama called for in an October 2009 Executive Order, which directed all agencies to contribute to an integrated strategy toward sustainability and reduction of greenhouse gas. Read More

 
IMLS Awards More Than $2 Million to Native American Tribes For Enhancements to Library Services


The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today that out of 46 applicants nation-wide, 17 Native American tribal communities were chosen to receive $2,030,562 in Native American Library Services Enhancement grants. Ten of these grantees are first time awardees. Click here to see a full list of Enhancement grant recipients. Read More

 
IMLS Awards More Than $2 Million to Native American Tribes For Enhancements to Library Services

Sep 07, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today that out of 46 applicants nation-wide, 17 Native American tribal communities were chosen to receive $2,030,562 in Native American Library Services Enhancement grants. Read More

 
Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services September 2010 Grant Announcement


Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services September 2010 Grant Announcement List of Awarded Institutions​ Read More

 
IMLS Calls for 2011 Museums for America Grant Applications

Aug 31, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications to its largest museum grant program, Museums for America (MFA), for fiscal year 2011. Museums for America grants provide up to $150,000 in funding and support projects that strengthen a museum’s capacity to serve its community. Read More

 
IMLS Seeks Comments on Public Library Survey

Aug 27, 2010

In a Federal Register notice published on Monday August 23, 2010, IMLS issued a call for comments on its Public Library Survey. The survey provides essential data about public library service in the US including service hours, book circulation, number of librarians, service area population, technology and more. Read More

 
IMLS's Making the Learning Connection Campaign Lands in Columbia, South Carolina

Aug 19, 2010

On August 20, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) brings the Making the Learning Connection campaign to Columbia, South Carolina. The half-day workshop will spotlight successful community programs as well as opportunities and challenges that local museums, libraries, and community groups encounter while meeting the community’s high priority information needs. Read More

 
Primary Source Acting Director's Message -- August 2010
bioSemmel

Aug 19, 2010

In my son’s personal archives is a school library license, a tiny cardboard rectangle that states that the bearer “knows how to use the library carefully and courteously and is welcome to be there.” David received his ‘license to learn’ from Bernice Williams, the school librarian at Barcroft Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, back in 1984 when he was just nine years old. Read More

 
Webinar Available Online: Helping Job Seekers: Using Electronic Tools and Federal Resources

Aug 18, 2010

The August 11 webinar, Helping Job Seekers: Using Electronic Tools and Federal Resource, is now available online at http://tiny.cc/d6fjb. In the presentation, Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (ETA) staffers Lauren Fairley-Wright and Tracie Hamilton provide an overview of the public workforce system and share electronic tools most helpful to library staff who assist unemployed workers. Read More

 
Materials from August 16 Webinar on Digital Inclusion RFP Now Available

Aug 18, 2010

On August 16, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) hosted a webinar on its Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking a cooperator to develop a framework of the principles, elements, or characteristics of organizations and communities that foster digital inclusion. Link to the webinar PowerPoint and answers to questions raised during the presentation. Read More

 
IMLS Podcast Provides Plain Language Facts about 21st Century Skills

Aug 11, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) proudly announces release of a podcast on 21st century skills by IMLS Acting Director Marsha L. Semmel. Read More

 
IMLS Welcomes Justin Estoque as New Chief Operating Officer
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Aug 10, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announces that Justin Estoque has joined its staff as chief operating officer. In this new position, Estoque will oversee the offices of finance, administration and contracting, human resources, and information technology (IT) and will serve as a member of IMLS’s executive leadership team. Read More

 
August 16 Webinar: IMLS Answers Questions about RFP for Digital Inclusion Cooperator


On August 16, 2010, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will host a webinar to answer questions about its Request for Proposal (RFP) (http://www.imls.gov/pdf/FDI-2010-RFP.pdf) for a cooperator to develop a framework of the principles, elements, or characteristics of organizations and communities that foster digital inclusion. Read More

 
IMLS Conservation Project Support Application and Guidelines Available on IMLS Web Site

Aug 02, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting grant applications for the agency’s 2011 Conservation Project Support (CPS) program. Application guidelines are available on the IMLS Web site. The application deadline is October 1, 2010. Read More

 
IMLS Awards National Leadership Planning Grants to 13 Institutions, $763,715 Distributed

Jul 30, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal support for the nation’s museums and libraries, announces that 13 institutions are receiving National Leadership Collaborative Planning Grants (NLG) totaling $763,715. Grantees will contribute $491,995 in matching funds. There were 62 applications to the program with requests totaling $3,752,309. Read More

 
IMLS Issues RFP that Will Implement National Broadband Plan Instructions

Jul 23, 2010

The National Broadband Plan released in March 2010 presented a vision of pervasive and affordable broadband that will provide every American an equal opportunity to engage in the educational, economic, and social life of the nation. Recommendation 9.3 of the Plan instructs the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to “develop guidelines for public access technology based on populations served and organization size. Read More

 
IMLS Announces Recipients of 2010 Museum Grants For African American History and Culture

Jul 22, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today awarded $1,485,000 to 14 organizations committed to preserving and sharing the history of African American life from the period of slavery to the present day as part of the Museum Grants for African American History and Culture (AAHC) program. Read More

 
Primary Source Acting Director's Message -- July 2010
bioSemmel

Jul 21, 2010

A not-surprising finding of the 2008 IMLS report, Exhibiting Public Value: Government Funding for Museums in the United States (PDF, 2.4MB), was “the lack of reliable data on the size and scope of the museum sector.” The lack of these data hampers efforts to describe the field accurately; to account for and track the various funding streams that support the sector; to examine the scale and scope of museum collections, programs, and services; and to measure the breadth and depth of its impact. Read More

 
HISTORY™ Announces Winners of the Library Outreach Contest

Jul 20, 2010

HISTORY™ announces the winners of a special contest for libraries connected with its landmark 12-part series AMERICA THE STORY OF US. The series, which premiered on April 25th and concluded on Memorial Day, was accompanied by the largest education outreach effort in the network’s history. Read More

 
Guidelines Announced for American Heritage Preservation Grants

Jul 16, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation are pleased to announce the 2011 guidelines for the American Heritage Preservation Program. This public-private partnership will fund the preservation of endangered and fragile art works, rare books, scientific specimens, and historical documents (photographs, maps, deeds, etc.) held in small and medium-sized museums, archives, and libraries. Read More

 
IMLS Awards $19.5 Million in Museums for America Grants to 178 Institutions

Jul 13, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is pleased to announce that 178 museums across the country will receive a total of $19,550,456 in Museums for America (MFA) grants. These museums, chosen from 510 applicants, represent 39 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Grants will support high-priority activities that advance the missions and strategic goals of these museums, helping them to serve the public more effectively. Read More

 
IMLS Joins the NEA in Celebrating the Fifth Year of The Big Read with $1 Million in Grants

Jul 10, 2010

Kicking off the program’s fifth year, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) joins the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in announcing that 75 not-for-profits – including arts and cultural organizations, libraries, and universities – will receive grants totaling $1 million to host a Big Read project between September 2010 and June 2011. Read More

 
Public Library Visits, Circulation Spike While Staff Numbers Stay the Same: IMLS FY2008 Public Libraries Survey Report

Jun 30, 2010

Public library visits and circulations per capita increased almost 20 percent between FY1999 and FY2008, while the number of public librarians per 25,000 people has remained virtually the same during that same period, according to the FY2008 Public Libraries Survey (PLS) report issued by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Read More

 
Department of Labor Provides Guidance to Workforce Agencies

Jun 30, 2010

Washington, DC—On June 29, 2010, the Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (ETA) officially encouraged its state and local workforce investment boards, state workforce agencies, and One-Stop Career Centers to partner with public libraries to extend their career and employment services to job seekers and unemployed workers. Read More

 
Senate Confirms New Members of IMLS Advisory Board

Jun 23, 2010

Washington, DC—On June 22, 2010, the Senate confirmed five individuals to serve on the National Museum and Library Services Board, which advises the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on general policy and practices and on selections for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The board is comprised of the IMLS director and deputy directors and 20 members of the general public with demonstrated expertise and commitment to libraries or museums. Read More

 
IMLS Staff Participate in ALA Conference in Washington, D.C.

Jun 22, 2010

Marsha L. Semmel, acting director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Mary Chute, deputy director for libraries, and other Institute staff will participate in various events during the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in Washington, D.C. June 24-29, 2010. For a list of sessions pertaining to IMLS and IMLS-funded grants, please visit booth # 3958 on June 25-28.​ Read More

 
IMLS Awards More Than $1.4 Million to Support Native American Libraries

Jun 17, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded $1,495,000 to 218 Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages and corporations as part of the Native American Library Services Basic Grant program. With this funding, the libraries will be able to strengthen their core services for the benefit of the tribal communities and villages they serve. Click here for a list of grant recipients. Read More

 
IMLS Launches National Campaign to Promote 21st Century Skills and Community Engagement

Jun 16, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced a national campaign aimed at engaging museums, libraries, and civic leaders in meeting the 21st century learning needs of their communities. Read More

 
IMLS Awards More Than $22.6 Million in Librarian Recruitment and Education Grants

Jun 15, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today awarded 38 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grants totaling $22,623,984. These grants provide scholarships for students in master’s and doctoral programs in library and information science, support the research of early career faculty in graduate schools of library and information science, and provide continuing education opportunities to enhance the skills of practitioners in libraries and archives. Read More

 
IMLS Podcast: Senior Conservator Says Haiti’s Paintings Can be Restored


Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announces release of a podcast interview with Susan Blakney, a senior painting conservator and founder of Westlake Conservators. She traveled to Haiti May 4-8 to assess the conservation needs of artwork damaged by the January earthquake. To listen to the podcast, click here. Read More

 
IMLS Invites Public to Broadband Discussion at National Museum and Library Services Board Meeting

Jun 08, 2010

The public is invited to attend the 20th meeting of the National Museum and Library Services Board on June 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A representative of the Federal Communications Commission will discuss the digital adoption and inclusion recommendations of the National Broadband Plan. Read More

 
StoryCorps to Visit IMLS’s Medal-Winning Libraries and Museums

Jun 07, 2010

Washington, DC—Each year, select museums and libraries with outstanding records of community service receive the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries. This year, for the first time, personal stories demonstrating the ongoing impact of these award-winning institutions will be documented through a cooperative agreement between IMLS and StoryCorps. Read More

 
IMLS Participates in AAM Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo™

May 18, 2010

Marsha L. Semmel, acting director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and other agency representatives will participate in the American Association of Museums (AAM) annual meeting in Los Angeles, California, May 23-26. Read More

 
Primary Source Acting Director's Message -- May 2010
Marsha Semmel

May 18, 2010

In April, I had the opportunity to share the Institute’s work on 21st century skills with more than 160 library professionals gathered in Rome, Italy, for a series of educational events organized by the U.S. Embassy in Rome and the American University of Rome. Read More

 
Webcasts of 2010 WebWise Conference Now Available

May 10, 2010

Anyone who missed the 2010 WebWise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World, held March 3-5 in Denver, Colorado, can now go online to watch sessions on leading edge digital technologies that libraries and museums use to share their collections and engage the public. Read More

 
Project Compass Summits Help State Libraries Develop Strategies for Workforce Assistance

May 06, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services IMLS is funding an innovative yearlong project linking libraries nationwide to share strategies for helping unemployed patrons find work. Project Compass, launched by OCLC WebJunction and the State Library of North Carolina, features four regional summits where state library officers are sharing best practices on meeting the workforce needs of their communities. Read More

 
IMLS Awards $3 million For Critical Conservation at Nation’s Museums

May 06, 2010

Marsha L. Semmel, acting director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), announced 33 museum recipients of the 2010 Conservation Project Support (CPS) grants, totaling $3,184,977. Since 1984, these grants have helped 1,338 museums to identify conservation needs and priorities and take action to ensure the safekeeping of their collections. CPS grant recipients will match their awards with an additional $4,261,753. Read More

 
It’s Wiki Wednesday! Are you UpNext? Two New Themes Launch Today on the Future of Museums and Libraries Wiki
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The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invites you to help invent the future of museums and libraries through your participation in UpNext: The Future of Museums and Libraries Wiki. IMLS’s first-ever wiki is a platform where individuals inside and outside of museums, libraries, and related fields can discuss, dissect, expand, and inform the issues outlined in the Future of Museums and Libraries: A Discussion Guide. Read More

 
Primary Source Acting Director's Message -- April 2010
Marsha Semmel

Apr 16, 2010

There’s a lot for libraries and IMLS to love in the Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan, released March 16th by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Threaded through the hefty document is the FCC’s recognition of libraries as community anchor institutions that can help provide high-capacity broadband connections and build digital literacy skills of people in communities across the nation. Read More

 
It’s Wiki Wednesday! Are you UpNext? Two New Themes Launch Today on the Future of Museums and Libraries Wiki

Apr 14, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invites you to help invent the future of museums and libraries through your participation in UpNext: The Future of Museums and Libraries Wiki. IMLS’s first-ever wiki is a platform where individuals inside and outside of museums, libraries, and related fields can discuss, dissect, expand, and inform the issues outlined in the Future of Museums and Libraries: A Discussion Guide. Read More

 
IMLS Announces 2010 Awards of Connecting to Collections Statewide Planning and Implementation Grants

Apr 09, 2010

Recent flooding in Rhode Island reminds us that everyone needs an emergency plan, including cultural institutions. A Rhode Island consortium will use its Connecting to Collections: Statewide Implementation Grant, announced today by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), to develop tools and training for a statewide disaster plan. Read More

 
Connecting to Collections Statewide Planning and Implemenation Grant Announcement April 2010


Connecting to Collections Statewide Planning and Implemenation Grant Announcement - April 2010 Read More

 
First-ever National Study: Millions of People Rely on Library Computers for Employment, Health, and Education

Mar 25, 2010

The report, Opportunity for All: How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at U.S. Libraries, is based on the first, large-scale study of who uses public computers and Internet access in public libraries, the ways library patrons use this free technology service, why they use it, and how it affects their lives. Read More

 
Despite Flat Budgets, State Library Agencies Invest in Technology Services

Mar 18, 2010

Despite the lack of real growth in their budgets in recent years, state library agencies are working strategically to assist library professionals and local libraries to meet patrons’ needs, according to State Library Agency Service Trends: 1999–2008, a new research brief by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Read More

 
American Heritage Preservation Grant Announcement, March 2010


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Treasures Preserved with Grants from the Bank of America/IMLS American Heritage Preservation Program

Mar 11, 2010

A school attendance record taken by Robert Frost when he served as a substitute teacher, a gown worn to the second inaugural ball of Abraham Lincoln, and a painted trunk made in 1702 in Uppsala, Sweden, will be preserved for future generations with grants from the American Heritage Preservation Program awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Read More

 
IMLS and SGS Issue Report on the Preservation of World Cultural Heritage

Mar 02, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Salzburg Global Seminar announce release of the report, “Connecting to the World’s Collections: Making the Case for Conservation and Preservation of Our Cultural Heritage” based on a seminar held in Salzburg, Austria, October 28-November 1, 2009. The seminar, part of the IMLS’s multi-year initiative on collections care, Read More

 
Are you UpNext? Share your thoughts on the Future of Museums and Libraries Wiki
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Feb 24, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invites you to help invent the future of museums and libraries through your participation in UpNext: The Future of Museums and Libraries Wiki. IMLS’s first-ever wiki is a platform where individuals inside and outside of museums, libraries, and related fields can discuss, dissect, expand, and inform the issues outlined in the Future of Museums and Libraries: A Discussion Guide. Read More

 
Students Win with Cool Digital Projects Showcased at WebWise
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Feb 23, 2010

Museums, libraries, and educators in Colorado are working on high tech projects that excite students and engage life-long learners. Whether it’s a Denver Art Museum Web site that cultivates children’s creativity in the visual and language arts or web tools that deliver primary sources on the World War II-era experiences of Japanese Americans in Colorado, digital technology stimulates students and opens doors to learning. Read More

 
21st Century Museum Professionals Grants Convening - February 4-5, 2010, Project Descriptions


Project Descriptions: 21st Century Museum Professionals Grants Convening - February 4-5, 2010 Read More

 
Museum Leaders Trade Information, Best Practices at IMLS Convening

Feb 17, 2010

On February 4 and 5, 2010, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) convened the first-ever forum of grantees in the 21st Century Museum Professionals Grants program. Meeting at the Beacon Hotel just a few blocks from the IMLS offices, museum professionals gathered to share and discuss successes and challenges in the implementation of grant-funded projects. Read More

 
About the National Medal for Museum and Library Service


Fact Sheet: The National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the nation’s highest honor bestowed on institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. The National Medal awards are made every year by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), an independent government agency that is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Read More

 
Symposium Spotlights the Power of Museums and Libraries to Change Lives

Feb 17, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) annually awards the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries that make extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental, and social contributions. Read More

 
21st Century Museum Professionals Grants Convening - February 4-5, 2010 - Project Descriptions


21st Century Museum Professionals Grants Convening - February 4-5, 2010 - Project Descriptions Read More

 
Project Demonstrations Announced for 2010 WebWise ConferenceProject Demonstrations Announced for 2010 WebWise Conference
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Feb 03, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced the projects that will be demonstrated at the 2010 WebWise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World. Registration is now closed for the free conference, to be held March 3–5 in Denver, CO. Read More

 
President Requests $265,869,000 for Institute of Museum and Library Services

Feb 01, 2010

President Obama has requested $265,869,000 for fiscal year 2011 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The request, which was transmitted to Congress today, is the same as the FY 2010 enacted levels for the Institute’s programs and administration. The proposed budget will support museums and libraries as they re-energize the economy, fuel partnerships and knowledge sharing, and provide much-needed services to their communities. Read More

 
IMLS Calls for 2010 Native American Library Services Enhancement Grant Applications

Jan 29, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for the 2010 Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants program. Federally-recognized tribes and Alaska Native villages and corporations may apply for these grants to improve existing library services or implement new services, particularly as they relate to the goals of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).​ Read More

 
NASA Invites Museums and Libraries to Apply for Second Round of Free Space Shuttle Artifacts
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Jan 21, 2010

On January 19, NASA began offering a second round of free space artifacts to museums attended by the public and free libraries serving all residents of a community, district, state, or region. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is helping NASA reach out to eligible institutions that might be interested in acquiring one of the 2,500 free objects from the space shuttle, Hubble Space Telescope, or the Apollo, Mercury or Gemini programs. Read More

 
Thirty-three Institutions with Living Collections To Receive IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf

Jan 15, 2010

Dr. Anne-Imelda Radice, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), announced today that 33 institutions with living collections will receive the IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf. Institutions with living collections of plants and animals include aquaria, arboreta, botanical gardens, nature centers, historical houses with gardens, living history farms, and zoos. Read More

 
Living Collections Bookshelf Recipients List - January 2010


Living Collections Bookshelf Recipients List - January 2010 Read More

 
Send Your Nomination for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service
National Medal Image

Jan 12, 2010

Supporters of outstanding museums and libraries are encouraged to nominate these institutions for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for exemplary museum and library community service. The National Medal honors museums and libraries that make extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental, and social contributions. Read More

 
IMLS Accepting Applications for Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Grants

Jan 11, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting grant applications to the Native American/Native Hawaiian (NANH) Museum Services program. NANH grants support projects that promote learning and innovation in museums and museum-related organizations of federally-recognized Indian tribes, Alaskan Native Villages and corporations, and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians Read More

 
IMLS Calls for 21st Century Museum Professionals Grant Applications

Dec 22, 2009

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is calling for proposals from museums, museum service organizations, and universities for projects that will enhance the professional development of museum staff. The 21st Century Museum Professionals grants are intended to have an impact on multiple institutions by reaching broad groups of museum professionals. Read More

 
New Technology Services Draw Record Numbers to Libraries: Government Study Documents Ten Years of Steadily Increasing Public Use
cover of Research Brief No. 1: Service Trends in U.S. Public Libraries, 1997-2007

Dec 22, 2009

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announces the release of a new research brief, Service Trends in U.S. Public Libraries, 1997-2007. The brief identifies important changes public libraries have made to address patron needs in an increasingly Internet-centric environment and explores service differences in urban and rural communities. Read More

 
IMLS Calls for 2010 Native American Library Services Basic Grant Applications

Dec 17, 2009

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for the 2010 Native American Library Services Basic Grants program. Federally recognized tribes and Alaska Native villages and corporations may apply for these grants in either the Basic or the Basic with Education/Assessment Option categories. Read More

 
State Data Coordinators Receive Accolades for Public Libraries Survey
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Dec 10, 2009

Every year, more than 9,000 libraries are surveyed in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands, answering questions on population, library collections, services and programs, staff numbers, revenues and expenditures and other electronic information.​ Read More

 
Registration Opens for 2010 WebWise Conference Announces IMLS and University of Denver and the Denver Art Museum

Dec 09, 2009

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the University of Denver, and the Denver Art Museum announce open registration for the 2010 WebWise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World. Each year, approximately 350 representatives of museums, libraries, archives, information and systems science, and other fields interested in the future of high-quality online content for inquiry and education attend the free conference. Read More

 
IMLS Announces $9.5 Million in Save America's Treasures Grants to Preserve Cultural and Historic Treasures
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Dec 09, 2009

A memorial to the victims of the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center, the mementos of Civil War officers, and a blockhouse from an 18th-century Russian trading fort in Alaska are among the thousands of historically significant objects that will be conserved with the 2009 Save America’s Treasures (SAT) grants. Read More

 
Registration Opens for 2010 WebWise Conference Announces IMLS and University of Denver and the Denver Art Museum
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Dec 09, 2009

Museums, libraries, and educators in Colorado are working on high tech projects that excite students and engage life-long learners. Whether it’s a Denver Art Museum Web site that cultivates children’s creativity in the visual and language arts or web tools that deliver primary sources on the World War II-era experiences of Japanese Americans in Colorado, digital technology stimulates students and opens doors to learning. Read More

 
IMLS Invites 2010 Coming Up Taller Award Nominations

Dec 08, 2009

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invites nominations for the 2010 Coming Up Taller awards, which honor excellence in afterschool, out-of-school, and summer arts and humanities programs for underserved children and youth. Coming Up Taller is an initiative of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) in partnership with IMLS, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Read More

 
International Collaboration to Close the Digital Curation Gap
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Nov 20, 2009

Scientists, researchers, and scholars across the world generate vast amounts of digital data, but the scientific record and the documentary heritage created in digital form are at risk -- from technology obsolescence, from the fragility of digital media, and from the lack of baseline practices for managing and preserving digital data. Read More

 
Guardians of World Treasures Sign Salzburg Declaration on the Conservation and Preservation of Cultural Heritage

Nov 20, 2009

On October 31, 2009, 59 cultural heritage leaders from 32 countries, including representatives of Africa, the Middle East, South America, and Asia, unanimously passed the Salzburg Declaration on the Conservation and Preservation of Cultural Heritage (PDF, 15KB). Read More

 
IMLS Funds Research on 3D Scanner Technology to Save Endangered Recordings

Nov 20, 2009

The Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) will advance technology that can recover and digitally re-master rare early sound recordings made on wax cylinders – including experimental recordings created in the 1880’s by Alexander Graham Bell -- even when the original cylinder is cracked or broken. Read More

 
Time to Apply for The Big Read

Nov 13, 2009

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and in cooperation with Arts Midwest, announces the 2010 deadline for The Big Read, a program to revitalize the role of literature in American culture. Read More

 
IMLS Director Anne Radice and First Lady Michelle Obama Honor Arts and Education Programs for Underserved Youth
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Nov 06, 2009

Anne-Imelda Radice, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), joined First Lady Michelle Obama in honoring young people from 19 communities in the U.S., China, Egypt, and Mexico who engage in after-school arts and humanities programs. Winners of the 2009 Coming Up Taller Awards, which promote educational achievement and creativity, were honored at a White House ceremony on November 4. Read More

 
NASA Invites Museums and Libraries to Apply for Free Space Shuttle Artifacts
Space Shuttle Program Artifact

Nov 06, 2009

Museums and libraries are invited to apply for free NASA space shuttle artifacts, including small items such as astronaut helmets, gloves, and boots, and large items such as shuttle Motion Based Simulators and Crew Compartment Trainers. Read More

 
 



UpNext Blog Posts


Blog Post: Digital Inclusion: Whose Job Is It?
Digital Inclusion Infographic


WebJunction launched the infographic, “The Internet Is Important To Everyone,” to bring attention to the impact broadband has on our lives and offer actions our communities can take. Read More

 
Blog Post: HELP Advance: Supporting the Small Museum
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Apr 23, 2013

The Hands-on Experiential Learning Project (HELP) is a professional development training program that addresses the specific needs of small and mid-size museum professionals. Read More

 
Blog Post: Uncovering the Hidden Reproductive Lives of Salamanders
Salamander Ultrasound

Apr 22, 2013

For Earth Day, IMLS presents blogs by two scientists who are working on an IMLS-funded project to save salamanders that are in danger of extinction worldwide. Read More

 
Blog Post: Saving Salamanders with Science
An adult tiger salamander.

Apr 22, 2013

For Earth Day, IMLS presents blogs by two scientists who are working on an IMLS-funded project to save salamanders that are in danger of extinction worldwide. Read More

 
Blog Post: Connecting Worlds Through Internet and Imagination

Apr 19, 2013

In this video, library director Paul Paladino and community member Jaimy Fulbright talk about how the Naturita Community Library brings people together in this small town and continues to grow with the community. Read More

 
Blog Post: Laws of Thermodynamics by Claire Lee
Claire Lee

Apr 17, 2013

To mark National Poetry Month, IMLS salutes the country’s first National Student Poets. Today’s featured poet is Claire Lee, from New York, N.Y. Read More

 
Blog Post: Library of Congress Naturalization Ceremony and New Partnership with USCIS
IMLS Director Susan Hildreth addresses the new citizens.

Apr 16, 2013

At a Library of Congress Naturalization Ceremony, IMLS and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a partnership to encourage collaboration between citizen and immigration services and public libraries. Read More

 
Blog Post: Libraries and Museums Bring Communities Together During Difficult Times

Apr 16, 2013

Statement from Director Susan Hildreth on Boston. Read More

 
Blog Post: Get Involved: Powered By Your Library
San Jose tutor and learner.

Apr 12, 2013

The California State Library launched a statewide initiative to expand the visibility and contributions of skilled volunteers in public libraries. Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Navigating the Bumps: Coping with Personnel Changes in “Mid-Grant”
The Kansas African American Museum

Apr 11, 2013

The Kansas African American Museum shares valuable lessons about staff recruitment and retention. Read More

 
Blog Post: Change is What This Library Does Best

Apr 10, 2013

In this video, Shaler North Hills Library director Sharon McRae and community member Janet Miller talk about how the library adapts their programming to meet the changing needs of the community. Read More

 
Blog Post: Museums and Libraries Making a Difference: Hundreds of Stories Shared on IMLS Facebook Page
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Apr 04, 2013

Director Hildreth recaps IMLS’s first year celebrating finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Services and the Share Your Story initiative. Read More

 
Blog: AAHC Forum: Life as a MP: Museum Professionals Saturday Exploratory Series Presented by the Hampton University Museum
Student working with an African American mask.

Apr 04, 2013

An IMLS Grant to the Hampton University Museum helped create hands-on, interactive workshops to expose high school students to a wide array of careers within the museum and archival fields. Read More

 
Blog Post: The Power of Nature in Garfield Park

Apr 03, 2013

In this video, community member Tiara Livingston and Director Eunita Rushing discuss how teen programs at the Garfield Park Conservatory inspires and educates youth in the community. Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Amistad and Haitian Agencies Discuss Exhibition
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Mar 28, 2013

Haiti’s Presidential Advisory Commission for Economic Growth and Investment are in talks with the Amistad Research Center with hopes to make Amistad’s artwork available for Haitian academic researchers and public exhibition in Haiti. Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Collection Reorganization Makes Art Borrowing Easier

Mar 28, 2013

A reorganized art collection and borrowing system prepares the Amistad Research Center for general access and future exhibitions. Read More

 
Blog Post: Caring about Kindergarten at the Long Island Children’s Museum

Mar 27, 2013

A bilingual summer program at the Long Island Children’s Museum helps children of immigrant families prepare for kindergarten. Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Digitized Texas Southern University Collection Draws New Appreciation and Interest
LaStarsha McGarrity working on a mural by Kermit Oliver.

Mar 22, 2013

Immediate access through digital media raises profile of collection that is the cultural fabric of Texas Southern University. Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Texas Southern University Students Help Catalog African American Art
D’Andre Holmes, an Art Major at TSU.

Mar 22, 2013

Work inspires new perspective on collections management and career possibilities. Read More

 
Blog Post: Everyone On! Libraries Play Essential Role in Connect2Compete Campaign
Everyone On

Mar 21, 2013

A public awareness campaign launches today that will help empower people who aren’t Internet users, to get the training they need to get online. Read More

 
Blog Post: From Resumes to Robots

Mar 20, 2013

Community member Willie Wright and library director Jody Risacher talk about the Cumberland County Public Library’s programs serve their community, from career development services to science projects for kids. Read More

 
Blog Post: Community Scientists Wow Museum Visitors
Powerhouse Science Center

Mar 20, 2013

Museum educators at the Powerhouse Science Center create practical guide to help local scientists build new skills. Read More

 
Blog Post: Museums as Dinner Table: Dialogues on Immigration

Mar 19, 2013

This spring, participants of the Immigration and Civil Rights Network will discuss immigration issues and work together to bring those dialogues to their museums. Read More

 
Blog Post: A Teacher’s Reflection on Developing a Model for Technology-Based Museum School Partnerships
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Mar 15, 2013

A middle school social studies class in upstate New York teamed up with the educational director at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts to help students create “digital artifacts” based on the museum’s collection. Read More

 
Blog Post: A Cooperstown Close-up: Developing a Model for Technology-Based Museum School Partnerships
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Mar 15, 2013

By linking up classroom educators and museum educators, the Baseball Hall of Fame has used distance learning to educate kids in geography, economics, math, and civil rights history. Read More

 
Blog Post: Whose Learning Is It Anyway? (WebWise 2013)

Mar 14, 2013

As everything from report cards to student artwork goes digital, WebWise Keynote speaker Audrey Watters asks “Whose Learning is it Anyway?” Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Forgotten Communities: Discovering and Recovering Baptisttown
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Mar 14, 2013

The Evansville African American Museum worked with high school and college students on oral history projects to collect and preserve the war memories of Baptisttown and Lincoln Gardens residents. Read More

 
Blog Post: With Digital Technologies, Can School Libraries Help Transform Learning?
EF Media Lab / Photo: Ben Filio

Mar 13, 2013

Educators from across the country are using digital technologies to create more opportunities for experiential, hands-on learning. Read More

 
Blog Post: Getting a Second Chance at 67

Mar 13, 2013

An adult literacy program at the Contra Costa library helped Gladys Leeks, age 67, learn how to read.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Feeling at Home at Park View High School Starts in the Library

Mar 07, 2013

Park View Library Media Center Specialists Jennifer Fisher and Candace Main Rush and community member Pablo Rivera traveled to Washington from Sterling, VA to receive the National Medal for Museum and Library Service and spoke to IMLS about how the library impacts the community. Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Digital Preservation of Jazz Film Creates a Unique Internship Experience
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Mar 07, 2013

As young professionals, interns at the American Jazz Museum gained valuable experience with film preservation and research through work completed during the internship. Read More

 
Blog Post: The Important Role of Libraries in the Hours After School

Mar 05, 2013

Learning Labs and conferences like the Teens and Libraries Summit showcase how libraries provide expanded learning opportunities for kids after school. Read More

 
Blog Post: Helping Develop a Visitor-Centered Museum
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Mar 04, 2013

This IMLS-funded workshop series focuses on developing skills and knowledge of museum staff to improve the visitor’s experience. Read More

 
Blog Post: From Snakes to Chemistry, and Everything in Between

Feb 27, 2013

The National Medal for Museum and Library Services is the nation's highest honor for libraries and museums that are serving their communities in exceptional ways. Pacific Science Center President and CEO Brice Seidl and community member Andrea Rose Nichols explain how the museum aims to inspire a lifelong interest in science. Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: African American Museum in Philadelphia Fellows Prepare Motown Exhibit
AAMP Supremes Exhibit

Feb 21, 2013

Graduate fellows at the African American Museum in Philadelphia crafted a compelling historical account of 20th-century African American culture by using archival materials from Motown legend, The Supremes.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Growing a Strong Middle Class

Feb 20, 2013

Libraries and museums are taking leadership roles in their communities and tackling tough problems. ​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Taking the Challenge Out of Modern Art

Feb 20, 2013

Museum of Contemporary Art director Bonnie Clearwater and community member Kassandra Timothe traveled to Washington from North Miami, FL to receive the national medal and spoke to IMLS about how the museum impacts the community. Read More

 
Blog Post: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Best Buy Announce Connect 2 Compete Partnership
IMLS Director and partners meet at HUD

Feb 15, 2013

Launch of digital literacy training initiative will reach residents of public housing. Read More

 
Blog Post: Project ENABLE Launches Training Website to Better Serve Students with Disabilities

Feb 15, 2013

Librarians and other educators can freely access high quality, comprehensive, train-the-trainer continuing education program. Read More

 
Blog Post: WebWise Workshops and Descriptions Now Available

Feb 15, 2013

Based on the outcome of participant feedback, we are announcing the WebWise workshops for this year’s conference. Read More

 
Blog Post: Teens, Children and Community are a Winning Combination

Feb 13, 2013

Bootheel Youth Museum director Patsy Reublin and community member Lauren Collins, talk about helping kids learn about math and science and winning the National Medal for Museum Library Services. Read More

 
Blog Post: Out-of-School Takes Center Stage
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Feb 13, 2013

New resource highlights the positive outcomes of learning after school and during the summer. Read More

 
Blog Post: Learning Space Toolkit: A Resource for Designing and Sustaining Technology-Rich Informal Learning Spaces

Feb 08, 2013

National Leadership Grantees launch the Learning Space Toolkit -- a freely available resource designed to support the full lifecycle of a learning space design project, from defining the goals and needs to designing the space to supporting it. Read More

 
Blog Post: Places to Play in New Orleans
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The Louisiana Children's Museum, a Let’s Move! museum, helped four-year olds share the spotlight as New Orleans kicked off kick off Super Bowl festivities. Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Informal Networks Can Be the Key to Your Success: Don’t Hesitate to Ask for Help
Kathe-Hambrick Jackson, President of AAAM, and Former President Lawrence Pijeaux at the White House. Photo Credit: Kathe Hambrick-Jackson, Dec 2010.

Feb 07, 2013

Kathe Hambrick-Jackson, founder and director of the River Road African American Museum, explains how partnerships and collaborations within the museum community helped in the staff development project. Read More

 
Blog Post: Tell Us About Your Project Ideas!

Feb 07, 2013

Want to know how to turn your partnership and programs dreams into reality? The first step for WebWise participants is a survey. Read More

 
Blog Post: Announcing the Director’s Choice Workshop for WebWise 2013: “Designing Prize Competitions”

Feb 05, 2013

WebWise will be offering an additional Director’s Choice workshop titled Designing Prize Competitions led by Jenn Gustetic, NASA’s Prizes and Challenges Program Executive. Read More

 
Blog Post: Director Hildreth Signs "Declaration of Learning"
SIgning of the Declaration of Learning Jan 2013

Feb 01, 2013

IMLS joined other agencies and service organizations for a ceremony at the U.S. State Department to celebrate a "Declaration of Learning." Read More

 
Blog Post: Spotlight on Project Demonstrations: 21-Tech and the Children’s Museum of Houston

Feb 01, 2013

WebWise 2013 will feature nine project demonstrations that embrace the strategic goals of IMLS. Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Gaining Knowledge through Research and Role Models
Keila Dumas places the finishing touch on a display for Tuskegee Airman, Roy Spencer. Photo courtesy of the Meek-Eaton Black Archives.

Jan 31, 2013

Undergraduate student, Keila Dumas, felt a sense of connection--to artifacts, faculty, visitors, and other fellows--during her experience as an I AMM fellow at the Carrie Meek-James Eaton Black Archives Research Center and Museum. Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: CURE-ating: A Doctorial Pursuit
I AMM Fellow Anthony Thompson browses archival material. Photo courtesy of the Meek-Eaton Black Archives

Jan 31, 2013

As an I AMM fellow at Florida A & M University graduate student Anthony T. Thompson gained hands-on archival experience in visitor services, public programming, and exhibit development, and it helped him become a better researcher, as he pursued his studies in history. Read More

 
Blog Post: Hatch Your Project Ideas at the Project/Partnership Incubator Session

Jan 29, 2013

The Project/Partnership Incubator sessions for WebWise 2013 will offer attendees the chance to incubate project and collaboration ideas for pursuing funding opportunities. Read More

 
Blog Post: Share Your Project: Lunchtime Lightning Talks

Jan 25, 2013

WebWise participants have the opportunity to sign up for "Lightning Talks" to share the lessons learned, goals, and achievements of their institution’s digital projects. Read More

 
Blog Post: A More Powerful School Library Catalogue
Marcia Mardis

Jan 25, 2013

The Digital Libraries to School Libraries (DL2SL) project launches its updated digital resource cataloging tool, Web2MARC. Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Discovering History: Lessons to Treasure
I AMM Fellow Lorraine Rossi unpacks a leather jacket that will be used for a Black Panther display.

Jan 24, 2013

A graduate student and archivist hopeful develops her skills in the museum field thanks to the I AMM project at Florida A&M University. Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Reflections of an I AMM Fellow: Marketing Meets the Museum
I AMM Fellow Brad Miller chats with a group of teenage visitors.

Jan 24, 2013

A native Bahamian discovers African American History and develops business skills through the I AMM project at Florida A&M University. Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Recruiting, Training and Mentoring Future Generations of Museum Professionals
I AAM fellows on a facilities and space utilization site visit to the FAMU/FSU College of Engineering.

Jan 24, 2013

An IMLS grant helped the Black Archives at Florida A&M University start the Inspiring Authorities in Museum Management (I AMM) project to help recruit, train and mentor graduate students. Read More

 
Blog Post: Choose Your Own Adventure: Workshops @ WebWise

Jan 23, 2013

Through the use of an online tool called IdeaScale, participants will have an opportunity to help shape the WebWise 2013 conference agenda by submitting workshop topics, voting on existing topics, or adding comments. Read More

 
Blog Post: New Report Shows Trends in U.S. Library Service
Report Cover for the FY2010 Public Library  Survey

Jan 22, 2013

Circulation, public programs and digital services on the rise. Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: AAHC Forum: How a South Carolina State University Accounting Major Found a Passion for Museum Work
Davion and the Gregori family securing a collection of African Art for the I.P Stanback Museum and Planetarium

Jan 17, 2013

Through his internship at the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium, Davion Petty found a passion for museum work by helping secure a collection of African Art. Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: The I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium: Creating Life-Changing Opportunities for Students
Interns and Director receiving 2011 Governor’s Award for the Humanities

Jan 17, 2013

A grant from IMLS provides students at South Carolina State University with internship opportunities and participation in national museum conferences. Read More

 
Blog Post: Libraries and Museums Bring Communities Together to Celebrate Two Historic American Traditions
Photo of Susan Hildreth

Jan 16, 2013

This year two historic events will fall on the same day. Join museums and libraries across the country as we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the 57th presidential inauguration. Read More

 
Blog Post: WebWise 2013: And Now for Something Completely Different
Participants at a WebWise Conference

Jan 16, 2013

WebWise 2013 unveils a new interactive format that gives everyone more opportunities to learn and collaborate. Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Rebuilding the Museum, One Person at a Time
Visitors at the National Civil Rights Museum

Jan 10, 2013

IMLS-supported professional development sessions at the National Civil Rights Museum help staff to develop new and innovative programs and exhibits. The museum is preparing for the grand reopening of their main building, the historic Lorraine Motel, assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Read More

 
Blog Post: Makers on the Move in Libraries and Museums
photo of a boy using tools at Maker Faire

Dec 20, 2012

Maker spaces are part of a growing movement of hands-on, mentor-led environments that encourage entrepreneurship and unleash the inner inventor in all of us, particularly children. Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Museums Challenged to Serve – Beyond Borders
Florida African American Heritage Preservation Network Training Session.

Dec 20, 2012

John G. Riley Museum Founder & Executive Director, Althemese Barnes, explains how she founded the Florida African American Heritage Preservation Network (FAAHPN) to reach out to museums in the African American museum community. Read More

 
Blog Post: From the Bench: Team Pachacamac Triumphs, Making Peruvian Collections Accessible
Post-graduate fellows Ainslie Harrison (left) and Fran Baas (right).

Dec 19, 2012

Two recent conservation graduates assembled and oversaw a large cadre of volunteers, work-study students, and pre-program interns to survey, relocate, and create customized storage solutions for a 3,600 object collection. They also treated 60 of the artifacts and created a 10,000-image online database for use by researchers near and far. Read More

 
Blog Post: From the Bench: A 400-Year-Old Carpet is Restored to Show Original Persian Artistry
Large Persian rug in lab for conservation treatment

Dec 19, 2012

The Frick Collection stabilized a beloved carpet that had been on display for nearly one hundred years with the help of IMLS funding. Read More

 
Blog Post: From the Bench: Trellised Garden with Animals on View at Memorial Art Gallery Thanks to Tapestry Initiative
Pannemaker installation process in April 2012

Dec 19, 2012

A European Tapestry Initiative begun in 2009 enables treatment and display of popular Medieval and Renaissance tapestries, such as Trellised Garden with Animals and Battle of the Animals. Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Leadership Succession Planning at the John G. Riley Center/Museum Places Baton in the hands of the Next Generation
Marion McGee & Althemese Barnes pictured in front of the John Gilmore Riley Historic House Museum in Tallahassee, Florida.

Dec 13, 2012

Marion McGee, Assistant Director at the John Gilmore Riley Center/Museum of African American History & Culture, explains how the executive apprenticeship under Founder & Executive Director Althemese Barnes has prepared the museum for new leadership. Read More

 
Blog Post: From the Bench: Upgrade of American Sculpture and Decorative Arts Storage
After view of the DIA store room

Dec 11, 2012

With support from IMLS, the Detroit Institute of Arts upgraded storage for its American decorative arts and sculpture collections dating from the beginning of the European settlements until 1950. Read More

 
Blog Post: From the Bench: Preservation Project Protects 65 Million-Year-Old Fossilized Leaves for Scientific Study
DMNS Leaf fossil

Dec 11, 2012

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is rehousing beautiful, ancient fossil leaf specimens from Denver Basin excavations to protect them from physical and water damage. Read More

 
Blog Post: Things are Going SWIM-ingly Out West
The 38 members of the first SWIM class to receive library degrees from the University of North Texas.

Dec 07, 2012

Through careful use of funds, Montana State Library partnering with state library agencies in South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho and the University of North Texas, has been able to provide 54 individuals with Master’s in Library Science degrees and 16 with School Library Media endorsements since 2009. Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: An Eight-Month Internship Commitment Turned into Three Years of Excellent Experience
An interactive Chieko completed for After Hours.

Dec 06, 2012

Curatorial assistant Chieko Phillips describes how the curatorial internship at the Northwest African American Museum helped prepare her for a career in the museum field. Read More

 
Blog Post: Digital Public Library of America Hosts its First Appfest
The 4th Floor at Chattanooga Public Library.

Dec 05, 2012

Diverse teams of coders, metadata specialists, designers, “idea people,” librarians, and user-experience professionals gathered at the DPLA Appfest to develop web and mobile apps and other compelling projects. Read More

 
Blog Post: From the Bench: Conservators Save Colonial-Era Artifacts from Corrosion
The recreated settlement at Wolstenholme Town.

Dec 04, 2012

Artifacts from a 1618 Virginia settlement receive conservation treatment for the second time since their discovery in 1976. Read More

 
Blog Post: National Leadership Grant Video: Rochester Institute of Technology Preserving Inkjet Prints

Nov 30, 2012

IMLS-funded research shows that inkjet prints are susceptible to damage from airborne pollutants. Senior Research Scientist Daniel Burge describes measures that can be taken to mitigate the damage. Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: The Development of MoCADA’s Curatorial Fellowship

Nov 29, 2012

With the help of an IMLS grant the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts’ Curatorial Fellowship program helps train young museum professionals. Read More

 
Blog Post: From the Bench: The Peabody Museum Maps 140 Years of Anthropology Fieldwork
Researchers study original sketches of Las Monjas ruins at Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico.

Nov 27, 2012

Thanks to an IMLS grant, Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology can now share more of its broad-ranging Map Collection with researchers. Read More

 
Blog Post: From the Bench: New Storage Safeguards Newark Museum’s Jewelry and African Art Collections
Jewelry Technician Sara Parmigiani with Jewelry Storage.

Nov 27, 2012

With the help of IMLS, the Newark Museum has slowly changed its collection storage to best protect important collections and let curators and researchers easily see the safely stored objects within it.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Conservation Effort Opens View of Tiffany Window Designs
Tiffany window design


An IMLS grant to investigate, treat, and rehouse Tiffany drawings is making them accessible to the public and shedding new light on the process of designing stained glass windows. Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Pacific Northwest Provides Professional Development for African American Museum Professionals
NAAM's building exterior.

Nov 15, 2012

A grant from IMLS permitted the Northwest African American Museum to expand the curatorial capacity of its exhibits department by providing internships and skill-building workshops for young museum professionals in the field of African American history and culture. Read More

 
Blog Post: From the Bench: These Face Lifts Require Heavy Lifting
Temporary lab for giant totem poles in the exhibition gallery


The American Museum of Natural History is conserving its longstanding totem poles with help from an IMLS grant. Read More

 
Blog Post: From the Bench: Preserving Civil War Artifacts in Cape Fear
Working on 34 Star US Flag smaller


An IMLS grant helped preserve two flags and a dress uniform from the Civil War at the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science. Read More

 
Blog Post: Honoring and Serving Those Who Serve
Photo of Susan Hildreth


In honor of Veterans Day, Director Hildreth thanks military personnel for their service to our county and highlights museums and libraries that provide opportunities and programs to support our veterans.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: The Sustainability and Growth of the Margaret Walker Center
courtyard

Nov 08, 2012

Members of the Margaret Walker Center create a strategic plan to revamp their museum and archive for the historic collections at Jackson State. Read More

 
Blog Post: Raising the Bar: Receiving a Scholarship to Attend the ARSL Conference and the Power of a Free Iced Tea
Elizabeh Ann Watson

Nov 07, 2012

The Duplin County Library partnered with a local small business to raise awareness for the library. Read More

 
Blog Post: Libraries and Museums Respond to Superstorm Sandy
storytime at the book bus


Throughout the impacted region libraries and museums play important roles in recovery efforts. Read More

 
Blog Post: From the Bench: Conservator of All I Survey
Consultants Rob Waller (left) and Cathy Hawks (right) meet with Invertebrate Zoology Collections Manager Albert Kollar (center).


The Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s sole conservator conducted a general survey with the help of a team of consultants. In the process she gained a better understanding of the museum’s large collections and created a long-term plan for conservation. Read More

 
Blog Post: From the Bench: Seattle Art Museum’s Delicate Asian Screens Rehoused for Access and Preservation
new screen cabinets


Delicate Asian screens get new storage cabinets with sliding shelves to ensure safe long-term care as well as ease of access for research at the Seattle Art Museum. Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Curatorial Fellowship at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts Paves the Way for Young Curators
Artists gather around an exhibit at MoCADA.

Nov 01, 2012

Curatorial Fellow Jessica Lanay Moore explains the rewards and opportunities of the MoCADA program. ​ Read More

 
Blog Post: From the Bench: Preservation of Art Objects Helps Restore Historic Halls to Past Splendor
Side chair upholstered in 18th-century painted and gilded leather.

Nov 01, 2012

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum used IMLS funding to conserve several art objects, including a marble sculpture and leather side chairs, as part of a major capital preservation project to restore their Titian Room and the Tapestry Room galleries. Read More

 
Blog Post: From the Bench: Making Things Amber Clear
Fossils in amber before and after

Nov 01, 2012

The American Museum of Natural History is using IMLS funding to preserve its massive collection of life forms in amber, making work easier for researchers now and in the future. Read More

 
Blog Post: Grants to University of Michigan Help Answer Questions of Copyright
crmsworld graphic

Oct 26, 2012

The Copyright Office at the University of Michigan Library is working on IMLS-funded projects that will determine the copyright status of nearly 450,000 English-language books that are a part of the HathiTrust Digital Library. Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Join the National Online Forum on African American History and Culture Grant Program
IMLS grantees pose for a photo in the Museum Grants for African American History and Culture.

Oct 25, 2012

IMLS to launch new social media effort to identify strategies to support African American Museums and HBCU’s. Read More

 
Blog Post: From the Bench: A Collaborative Survey Shines Fresh Light on Korean Paintings
Visiting conservators discuss a Korean painting

Oct 23, 2012

The Asian Art Museum brought in consultants from the Seoul, Korea, to collaborate with a team of experts about their rare Korean paintings. Read More

 
Blog Post: From the Bench: Rehoused Instrument Collection Is Once Again Instrumental
objects in storage at the Peabody

Oct 23, 2012

An IMLS-grant to unpack and rehouse a scientific instrument collection, enabled the Peabody Museum to create an online inventory of the entire collection. Read More

 
Blog Post: Libraries and Museums as Afterschool Allies
logo afterschool alliance

Oct 18, 2012

Public libraries are undergoing a 21st century makeover, evolving into destinations for hands-on, collaborative and informal learning. With their museum and community partners they are taking a more active role in supporting children's learning and development in the hours after school. Read More

 
Blog Post: Looking Ahead
Photo of Susan Hildreth

Oct 17, 2012

Director Hildreth identifies five strategies for museums and libraries that are making a difference in their communities. Read More

 
Blog Post: From the Bench: New Discoveries from What Lies Beneath
photo of two women looking at a painting in low light

Oct 16, 2012

Using x-ray, x-radiograph, and other technologies, a painting conservator hired by the Shelburne Museum made discoveries about a number of the museum’s paintings. Read More

 
Blog Post: From the Bench: Literally Hanging by a Thread

Oct 09, 2012

A grant from IMLS permitted the Walters Art Museum to create a plan of action to care for a collection of Southeast Asian works of art and to safely relocate the majority of them into accessible, conservation-quality storage environments. Read More

 
Blog Post: From the Bench: New Blog Series Highlights the Work of Conservators

Oct 04, 2012

Part scientist, part detective, conservators help to protect and preserve objects that have great power to connect us to science, history, art, nature and culture. Read More

 
Blog Post: National Students Poets Program Debuts at National Book Festival
Susan Hildreth, Virginia McEnerney, Natalie Richardson, and Margo Lion

Sep 28, 2012

This past weekend, we had the opportunity to attend the 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival with thousands of book lovers, poets, and authors, celebrating books that have shaped America. The new National Student Poets Program debuted at the National Book Festival with five outstanding high school poets. Read More

 
Blog Post: National Leadership Grant Video: San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts’ Center for Creative Energy

Sep 26, 2012

The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts has partnered with the Upper Colorado River Authority and the local school district to help students learn about water issues at the same time as they learn about art.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Role of Libraries and Workforce Development Highlighted in Washington D.C. Briefing
Linda Carlisle, Kevin Perez , Amanda Ahlstrand, Mary Ellen Firestone, Susan Hildreth, and Jane Brady.

Sep 21, 2012

Libraries and the Workforce System are working together to deliver services more effectively. Read More

 
Blog Post: Searching for the Hidden Structures of Serifs, Mathematician Finds New Career Path

Sep 19, 2012

James P. Ascher describes his journey from mathematician to rare books professor with the help of an IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant. Read More

 
Blog Post: Maryland’s iSchool to Launch Survey and Online Community for School District Library Supervisors

Sep 17, 2012

The University of Maryland iSchool is using a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant to examine the under-researched position of school library supervisor. Read More

 
Blog Post: How bad is it? Researchers Identify Common Digitization Blunders
Paul Conway

Sep 13, 2012

Researchers use a severity score to help assess when a “my bad” is worrisome enough to impact readability and content. Read More

 
Blog Post: Databib is Tackling Tough Data Sharing Problems
photo of Michael Witt

Sep 07, 2012

A new approach to sharing research will make it easier to find and use data. Five hundred repositories to be cataloged by year end. Read More

 
Blog Post: National Leadership Grant Video: Queensborough Community College

Sep 06, 2012

Patricia Lannes and Kitty Bateman describe Queensborough Community College's Cultures & Literacies Through Art for the 21st Century (CALTA21), which builds partnerships between museums and institutions that teach English as a second language as a means of making art museums more accessible to immigrants.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Behind the Scenes: Theater Archives and the Documentation of a Legacy
Sketch of actress Austene Van by costume designer Reggie Ray for Penumbra Theatre Company's production of "Ain't Misbehavin'."

Aug 30, 2012

An IMLS-funded planning project is paving the way for better archiving practices at theaters, particularly theaters of color. Read More

 
Blog Post: The Last Frontier

Aug 28, 2012

An IMLS program officer visits the Alaska State Library and finds federally funded projects on digital archives, early literacy, and preservation of cultural heritage. Read More

 
Blog Post: National Leadership Grant Video: Chicago Zoo's Welfare Track

Aug 24, 2012

The Chicago Zoo's Welfare Track project, funded by an IMLS National Leadership Grant, takes a different approach to monitoring the welfare of animals, focusing on causes of wellness in addition to what causes sickness. Read More

 
Blog Post: Is a Village Post Office Coming to a Library Near You?
Photo of Susan Hildreth

Aug 22, 2012

Reductions in local post office hours may provide new opportunities for public libraries. Read More

 
Blog Post: SafeArchive Promises to Preserve Digital Collections

Aug 17, 2012

The IMLS-funded SafeArchive system automates established replication policies and helps institutions collaborate to preserve digital content. Read More

 
Blog Post: Eureka! Job Fair in Georgetown County, SC, a Big Success
Dwight McInvaill

Aug 15, 2012

Dwight McInvaill, Director of the Georgetown County Library of South Carolina, got to see first-hand the benefits of his library's job fair, part of a project funded by the IMLS Grants to States program.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: One Good Thing Leads to Another: Santa Ana Public Library Builds on IMLS Grant

Aug 10, 2012

Receiving a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grant from IMLS opened the eyes of the Santa Ana Public Library to other federal funding options, which led to the creation of the Seeds to Trees Digital Media Technology Academy. Read More

 
Blog Post: Ready for Back-to-School? Begin the Year as a Connected Educator!
Connected Educator Month logo

Aug 09, 2012

Did you know that August is Connected Educator Month? Find out how the Department of Education is connecting educators of all disciplines and levels collaborate online—it’s not too late to participate!​ Read More

 
Blog Post: National Leadership Grant Video: Art Beyond Sight/Museum of Science, Boston

Aug 07, 2012

Art Beyond Sight and the Museum of Science, Boston, are using an IMLS National Leadership Grant to help museums pilot tools for becoming more accessible to people with disabilities. Read More

 
Blog Post: Early Learning in the Pacific Region
IMLS staff with grantees from three U.S. Pacific Territories

Aug 03, 2012

IMLS went to check in with the Pacific island recipients of Grants to State Library Administrative Agencies and found a wealth of programs to benefit early learners. Read More

 
Blog Post: Preserving Our Present: Sacramento Teens Share Their Stories

Aug 01, 2012

Funded through the IMLS Grants to State Library Administrative Agencies program, the Sacramento Public Library’s partnership with The GreenHouse is teaching teens valuable skills while capturing local history. Read More

 
Blog Post: National Leadership Grant Video: Yale Peabody's Teacher Collaborative

Jul 27, 2012

David Heiser describes Yale University's Peabody Museum of Natural History's Event-Based Teacher Collaborative, which is funded by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Find a Let’s Move! Olympic Fun Day Near You!

Jul 24, 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama and IMLS Director Susan Hildreth want kids to be inspired by the 2012 Olympic athletes who start competition on Saturday, and to attend one of the many Let's Move! "Olympic Fun Day Meet-ups" being planned for that day. Read More

 
Blog Post: Museum Program Changes

Jul 23, 2012

More than 100 responses will help guide IMLS museum programs. Read More

 
Blog Post: 124 Communities Take up the Campaign for Grade Level Reading Challenge
Photo of Susan Hildreth

Jul 18, 2012

We know that more than 80 percent of children in poverty are not reading at grade level by the third grade, and many other children are falling behind as well; libraries and museums are taking up the challenge to improve learning outcomes for young children. Read More

 
Blog Post: Public Libraries, American Job Centers, and Digital Literacy
Connect2Compete: Lee Davenport,Howard Feldstein, Hilda Solis, Julius Genachowski, Susan Hildreth

Jul 18, 2012

Together America’s Public Libraries and America’s Job Centers are teaching digital skills that are essential for job searches and more. Read More

 
Blog Post: Let’s Read! Let’s Move! Summer Learning Series Launches at US Department of Education

Jul 13, 2012

IMLS Director Susan Hildreth joined Education Secretary Arne Duncan to launch a summer learning series with special celebrities and over 130 students from DC area schools, camps, and youth programs. Read More

 
Blog Post: Community Anchors in a Time of Crisis
library patrons at the Arlington Public Library

Jul 12, 2012

Libraries provide invaluable service to their communities every day. In a crisis like the recent storm that knocked out power to so many homes, libraries are a lifeline. Read More

 
Blog Post: National Medal Video: Weippe Public Library and Discovery Center

Jul 10, 2012

Terri Summerfield, director of the Weippe Public Library & Discovery Center in Weippe, ID, sits down with community member Gradi Thomson to discuss how the library has become her family’s home away from home. Read More

 
Blog Post: National Leadership Grant Video: The Great Ape Heart Project

Jul 05, 2012

Drs. Hayley Murphy and Marietta Dindo explain the Great Ape Heart Project, which is assisting nearly every ape in North America in the fight against heart disease, a significant factor in their morbidity and mortality. Read More

 
Blog Post: National Medal Video: Brooklyn Museum

Jul 03, 2012

Arnold Lehman, director of the Brooklyn Museum, sits down with visual artist Virginia Ines Vergara to discuss how the museum has helped her build confidence as a teacher and an artist. Read More

 
The Wing: At Home in an Era of Global Participatory Culture
image of Sikh American youth prepping materials for exhibition

Jul 02, 2012

Beth Takekawa, Executive Director of the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, was one of 58 cultural leaders from 31 countries who participated in the IMLS/Salzburg Global Seminar on Libraries, Museums and the Era of Participatory Culture. She shares her reflections on finding kindred spirits and new inspiration. Read More

 
Blog Post: National Leadership Grant Video: Whitney Museum of American Art

Jun 28, 2012

Danielle I. Linzer, the Whitney Museum of American Art's manager of access and community programs, explains the IMLS-funded study of the impact of teen programs at four contemporary art museums. Read More

 
Blog Post: National Medal Video: Hill Museum & Manuscript Library

Jun 26, 2012

Father Columba Stewart, director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library in Collegeville, MN, sits down with Dr. Getachew Haile to discuss how he became the library’s Cataloguer of Oriental Manuscripts and Curator of the Ethiopian Study Center after fleeing his native Ethiopia. Read More

 
Blog Post: National Leadership Grant Video: Minnesota Historical Society

Jun 21, 2012

Wendy Jones and Jennifer Sly of the Minnesota Historical Society describe History in our Hands, a project funded by an IMLS National Leadership Grant that will allow school children to better understand the challenges faced by famous Minnesotans throughout history. Read More

 
Blog Post: “US Ignite” Highlights Library and Museum Potential for High-Speed Broadband Applications

Jun 20, 2012

President Obama Announces an initiative to make cities and towns test-beds for next-generation applications. Read More

 
Blog Post: National Medal Video: Erie Art Museum

Jun 19, 2012

John L. Vanco, director of the Erie Art Museum, sits down with Victoria Angelo, community member and a refugee from Southern Sudan, to discuss how the museum's Old Songs New Opportunities Project has helped her find employment and opportunities to teach and perform traditional Acholi song and dance.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: See you in Anaheim
Photo of Susan Hildreth

Jun 18, 2012

Library education grants, a grant for a new effort to increase broadband adoption, and a new "Talking Points" series are just some of the things keeping IMLS busy as we we prepare for ALA's annual meeting.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: National Leadership Grant Video: Colonial Williamsburg

Jun 14, 2012

Funded by a National Leadership Grant from IMLS, "Virtual Williamsburg" allows visitors to see the historic town as it was in 1776. Read More

 
Blog Post: National Medal Video: Alachua County Library District

Jun 12, 2012

Shaney T. Livingston, director of the Alachua County Library District in Gainesville, FL, sits down with community member Lenor Krome to discuss how Lenor and her family have taken full advantage of this small rural library. Read More

 
Blog Post: National Leadership Grant Video: San Diego and Memphis Zoos

Jun 08, 2012

Allen P. Messier of the San Diego Zoo and Andrew J. Kouba of the Memphis Zoo explain their complementary projects, both funded by IMLS National Leadership Grants, which seek to prevent the extinction of certain amphibians. Read More

 
Blog Post: Is Getting People Online the “Secret Ingredient” Needed to Achieve Your Mission?

Jun 07, 2012

Karen Archer Perry, a senior program officer for U.S. Libraries with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Chauncy Lennon, a program officer with the Ford Foundation, share their insights about the community and economic development power of broadband adoption. Read More

 
Blog Post: National Medal Video: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Jun 06, 2012

Frank Robinson, director of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, VA, sits down with volunteer Chris Corsello and his aide, Lisa Watts, to discuss the meaningful contribution he has made to the garden. Read More

 
Blog Post: Collections Matter
16th-century Flemish tapestry from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Jun 01, 2012

IMLS Senior Program Officer Connie Bodner discusses the importance of collections care in light of the recently announced Conservation Project Support grants and her participation in the annual meeting of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. Read More

 
Blog Post: National Medal Video: San José Public Library

May 29, 2012

San José Public Library director Jane Light sits down with community member Vikram K. Kanth to discuss how he has been a strong and effective advocate for the library. Read More

 
Blog Post: Mark Your Calendars for WebWise Reprise! Live Webinars Coming in June

May 25, 2012

Sharpen your skills this summer with two free professional development opportunities that explore innovative uses of technology to enhance public engagement in research and oral history programs. Read More

 
Blog Post: National Medal Video: Madison Children’s Museum

May 22, 2012

The director of the Madison Children's Museum, Ruth Shelly, sits down with Benjamin Perreth, a Visitor Services Associate at the museum, to discuss the impact the museum has had on his life, as well as how the museum has learned from him. Read More

 
Blog Post: Let’s Move Museums & Gardens Success Story: Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
A display of some common beverages with the amount of sugar in each bottle illustrated in teaspoons.

May 18, 2012

Families use engaging multimedia to learn about personal health and the sustainability of our food system.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Summer Learning is Important to Student Success
Photo of Susan Hildreth

May 16, 2012

IMLS Director Susan Hildreth describes how lack of access to summer learning opportunities can put young people at risk. Education policy makers are looking for strategies to combat “summer slide” and libraries and museums are part of the solution. Read More

 
Blog Post: National Medal Video: Columbus Metropolitan Library

May 15, 2012

Columbus Metropolitan Library CFO Dewitt Harrell sits down with Khamall Howard to discuss how his participation in a summer youth program lead to his current job at the Main Library in downtown Columbus.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Recognizes Libraries’ Role in Early Learning
Yvette Sanchez Fuentes and Susan Hildreth shake on agreement.

May 10, 2012

HHS urges offices of Child Care and Head Start to partner with libraries to support child development.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: National Medal Video: Edventure Children’s Museum

May 08, 2012

Hear how the museum’s innovative approach to improving health outcomes for South Carolina’s children is making a big impact on young visitors. Read More

 
Blog Post: Spring Things

May 04, 2012

IMLS Program Officer Connie Bodner reflects on the annual rites of spring, especially the announcement of the participants in the Conservation Assessment Program. Read More

 
Blog Post: IMLS Programs Help Families Dealing with Autism

Apr 30, 2012

As National Autism Awareness Month draws to a close, IMLS Senior Program Officer Michele Farrell takes note of agency-funded programs for families affected by the disorder. Read More

 
Blog Post: Lively Debate Affirms the Importance of Libraries

Apr 27, 2012

Susan Hildreth reports on her experience arguing in opposition to the motion that “Libraries are Obsolete” in Oxford style debate at Harvard University. Read More

 
Blog Post: IMLS on YouTube: WebWise Demonstrations

Apr 24, 2012

Participants in WebWise 2012 discuss the projects they demoed there. Read More

 
Blog Post: Museums and Libraries Can Promote 21st Century Skills
Photo of Susan Hildreth

Apr 17, 2012

U.S. libraries and museums are powerhouses that can inspire countless opportunities for learning new skills. Read More

 
Blog Post: LB21 Scholar Now Has Her “Dream Job”
Martha Parker, MLIS

Apr 11, 2012

In celebration of National Library Workers Day and National Library Week, Martha Parker writes about her library education in an IMLS-funded program and her first job since earning her degree. Read More

 
Blog Post: Rolling, Flying, and SMILE-ing
Check Out Science! sign

Apr 10, 2012

Susan Hildreth recounts her day at the Easter Egg Roll and announces a new tool for Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens. Read More

 
Blog Post: IMLS on YouTube: Pratt Museum Explores the Science, Art, and Culture of Kachemak Bay

Apr 03, 2012

On the IMLS YouTube Channel, the Pratt Museum in Homer Alaska describes its Museums for America project, The Kachemak Bay: An Exploration of People and Place. Read More

 
Blog Post: StoryCorps Captures the Transformation of Libraries and Their Impact on Communities

Mar 30, 2012

The StoryCorps blog offers a behind-the-scenes look at two National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners: the San Jose Public Library and Weippe Public Library and Discovery Center. Read More

 
Blog Post: Libraries and the Future of Our Democracy
Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer, President and Founder of AmericaSpeaks, delivers a lunchtime talk at an LSTA Grants to States training workshop.

Mar 27, 2012

After hearing a speech by the founder of AmericaSpeaks at the LSTA Grants to States conference, IMLS Senior Program Officer James Lonergan reflects on the role of libraries in preserving and reinvigorating democracy. Read More

 
Blog Post: Museums and Libraries Are Promising Venues For Behavior Change
EatSleepPlay exhibit at the Children's Museum of Manhattan

Mar 26, 2012

Chris Beakey of Ogilvy Public Relations explores the value of museums and libraries in promoting healthy behaviors. Read More

 
Blog Post: Digital Communities and the Second Anniversary of the National Broadband Plan
Photo of Susan Hildreth

Mar 22, 2012

Full participation in American society requires the ability to access and use digital content and technologies. IMLS is helping libraries and museums to work with businesses, hospitals, schools, cultural institutions, community technology centers and local governments to create and sustain access to broadband technologies. Read More

 
Blog Post: Shedding Light on the Oldest Recorded Sounds
topographic map of the surface of a wax cylinder record

Mar 21, 2012

Early Alexander Graham Bell recordings, once thought to be lost to history, gained national media attention last year when scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory devised a way to hear them. For curious minds who want to know more, here’s the a behind the scenes look at how it all happened.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: IMLS on YouTube: MFA Grant Helps Preserve Johnson City Photos

Mar 14, 2012

The Johnson County (Kansas) Museum used a Museums for America grant and partnered with the Johnson County Public Library to preserve photographs and enlist the help of the public to identify people and places. Read More

 
Blog Post: Connecting and Connected at the DML Conference
Participants in the 2012 Digital Media and Learning Conference.

Mar 09, 2012

IMLS Director of Strategic Partnerships Marsha Semmel reflects on the third annual Digital Media and Learning conference. Read More

 
Blog Post: Kudos to LB21 Recipient for Diversity Project
Smith Woodard with Jim Corridan and John Borneman web1

Mar 07, 2012

Marcia Smith-Woodard of the Indiana State Library was awarded the Indiana Library Federation’s 2011 Special Services Award for her work on an IMLS-funded project to recruit and educate 30 diverse library students. Read More

 
Blog Post: IMLS on YouTube: A Few Minutes with Ian MacKaye

Mar 02, 2012

Before wowing the audience at WebWise 2012, Fugazi's Ian MacKaye sat down with a few IMLS staff members. Read IMLS Senior Graphic Designer and Webmaster (and Fugazi fan) Ellen Arnold Losey's reflections on meeting one of her indie rock heroes, and watch an excerpt from a video interview. Read More

 
Blog Post: IMLS on YouTube: StoryCorps Founder Discusses the Central Role Museums and Libraries Play in Their Communities

Mar 01, 2012

StoryCorps founder Dave Isay talks about the partnership between his organization and museums and libraries, and about the importance of those institutions to their communities. Read More

 
Blog Post: WebWise: Taking Us Where No One has Gone Before
Starburst Cluster from Hubble telescope

Feb 27, 2012

An IMLS program officer, and would-be Star Fleet officer, looks forward to hearing LeVar Burton speak at WebWise. Read More

 
Blog Post: NMAAHC Groundbreaking Brings to Mind the Work of Other African American Museums

Feb 23, 2012

Susan Hildreth reflects on the groundbreaking for the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the invaluable work of African American museums around the country. Read More

 
Blog Post: Throwback Video Draws Archivists to Gulf Coast Workshop

Feb 21, 2012

This informative and entertaining video was created to promote a three-state collaborative effort to provide training on archival work. Read More

 
Blog Post: The President’s Budget Request for IMLS
Photo of Susan Hildreth

Feb 16, 2012

President Obama’s budget request for IMLS recognizes the importance of museums and libraries and will allow the agency to implement its new strategic plan. Read More

 
Blog Post: You just never know who’s going to drop by the IMLS booth in the exhibit hall!
photo of Project ALFA fellows and IMLS staff

Feb 10, 2012

At ALA Midwinter in Dallas, IMLS Director Susan Hildreth got the opportunity to meet with University of Alabama and Wayne State University scholarship recipients from the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program-funded Project ALFA, “Accessible Libraries for All.” Read More

 
Blog Post: IMLS on YouTube: National Aquarium Teaches with Watershed Moments

Feb 03, 2012

A video explores an IMLS-funded program of the National Aquarium in Baltimore that teaches the public what they can do to protect the Chesapeake Bay. Read More

 
Blog Post: IMLS-Funded Research Yields New Information on Paper Stability
Variation in historical paper specimen condition

Jan 26, 2012

Paper is still important in the digital age, and this IMLS-funded research project is helping to increase our understanding of how to preserve it. Read More

 
Blog Post: Feds Will Team up on Digital Curation Residency Program

Jan 18, 2012

The two agencies are developing a program to build expertise in the field of digital collections care.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: The IMLS Early Learning Challenge
Photo of Susan Hildreth

Jan 13, 2012

The need to invest in young children is clear, as are the benefits of that investment. Here at IMLS we are challenging libraries and museums to take a leading role in their communities’ early learning strategies. Read More

 
Blog Post: “Roots” and “Star Trek” Actor Comes to WebWise
Photo of LeVar Burton

Jan 12, 2012

Actor, director, and champion of libraries and museums LeVar Burton will make a keynote address at the 2012 WebWise Conference. Read More

 
Blog Post: International Teams Start Digging

Jan 06, 2012

IMLS was part of an exciting announcement earlier this week, when the winners of the second Digging into Data Challenge were announced. There were 14 winning teams in this competition to promote innovative humanities and social science research using large-scale data analysis. Read More

 
Blog Post: IMLS on YouTube: Chicago Botanic Garden Gives Students Valuable Job Skills

Dec 22, 2011

Chicago Botanic Garden’s North Lawndale Green Youth Farm, funded by a Museums for America (MFA) grant, teaches valuable job skills to students in one of the area’s poorest neighborhoods. A video prepared as part of the evaluation of the MFA program is featured on IMLS’s new YouTube channel. Read More

 
Blog Post: Libraries and Museums are Major Contributors to the Success of Film Forward
Museo de Arte de Ponce Director Agustin Arteaga (second from right) with filmmakers and other participants in Film Forward's Puerto Rico stop

Dec 15, 2011

IMLS is again partnering with the Sundance Institute, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts in the second year of Film Forward, a cultural exchange initiative. Museums and libraries were a big part of the initiative's inaugural-year success. Read More

 
Blog Post: Project ENABLE: Breaking Down Barriers for Students with Disabilities
The Project ENABLE planning team (left to right): William Myhill, Ruth Small, Renee Franklin Hill, graduate assistant Kristen Link.

Dec 08, 2011

Syracuse University professor Renee Franklin reports on what happens when educators from all over New York State come together to learn strategies for providing information services to K-12 students with disabilities. Read More

 
Blog Post: Public Libraries: Powerful Community Conveners for The Big Read
a Boy Scout troop, shown here while working on The Crayon Project

Nov 23, 2011

Caldwell (NJ) Public Library’s Big Read project, which celebrated Cynthia Ozick’s novella 'The Shawl,' transformed the library and the way it serves its community. Read More

 
Blog Post: It’s Time for a National Digital Public Library
Photo of Susan Hildreth

Nov 21, 2011

The time is right to launch an ambitious project to realize the great promise of the Internet for the advancement of sharing information and using technology to enable new knowledge and discoveries in the United States and globally. Read More

 
Blog Post: Vision for the Walters Art Museum – A 21st Century Skills Challenge
Families participate in one of the free weekends at the Walters Art Museum.

Nov 16, 2011

Gary Vikan, director of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, served on the IMLS 21st Century Skills Taskforce. Out of what he calls “this crucible of critical thinking” a vision for the Walters Art Museum emerged. Read More

 
Blog Post: Children’s Museum of Houston – Strategic Planning for 21st Century Museums
Childrens Museum Houston 11 4 11

Nov 08, 2011

Using the IMLS 21st Century Skills Self-Assessment Tool, the Children’s Museum of Houston is expanding minds, not just walls. “If we are truly going to deliver 21st Century learning benefit to our city, we have to have the talent pool and resources to do it.” Read More

 
From the Let's Move! Blog: First Lady Michelle Obama Talks Healthy Habits with Toddlers
photo of Mrs. Obama reading to children

Nov 03, 2011

On November 1, First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Royal Castle Child Development Center in New Orleans, LA. The center offers an arts-based health curriculum called Eat Sleep Play that is conducted by the Louisiana Children’s Museum and is part of the Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens initiative. Read More

 
Blog Post: A Place, A People, and A Time: Preserving Native American Heritage
Photographer Edward H. Davis and Antonio Cuevas tasting cooked mescal, San Diego County, April 1919

Nov 01, 2011

With the support from an IMLS Museums for America grant, the San Diego History Center is digitizing 6,680 photographs and 438 drawings from the E.H. Davis Collection that document the lives of Native Americans. The project provides an opportunity to collaborate with tribal members and enhance public access to the collection. Read More

 
Blog Post: Transforming Life After 50: Public Libraries and Baby Boomers
Ristau Flint 2010

Oct 28, 2011

The IMLS Western Regional Fellowship: Transforming Life After 50 (TLA50) provides continuing education scholarships for library professionals to advance their library and information science skills related to improving services to and engagement with active, older adults. Read More

 
Blog Post: The Art of Kukakuka
Kukakuka2

Oct 26, 2011

The Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums in partnership with the Western Museums Association, the Hawaii Museums Association, and the Pacific Islands Museums Association presented a joint conference providing the opportunity for tribal and non-tribal archive, library, and museum professionals to meet and exchange ideas and best practices. Read More

 
Blog Post: Maine Memory Network — 21st Century Skills
photo of a teacher and students around a table, looking at documents and photographs

Oct 21, 2011

Maine Memory Network was launched in 2001 as an online digital archive whose primary goal was to expand access to historical collections across the state. It has since evolved into a robust online museum and become a flexible platform for a wide range of historical interests and activity. Read More

 
Blog Post: Q&A with Chris Draft: Let’s Read. Let’s Move.
Chris Draft with Susan Hildreth, IMLS Director

Oct 20, 2011

Former NFL Linebacker and children’s book author Chris Draft visited IMLS at the National Book Festival Pavilion of the States. Through his foundation he supports Let’s Read/Let’s Move and a variety of family literacy and healthy lifestyle initiatives. Read More

 
Blog Post: Join the Conversation: Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture
Ad for Museums and Libraries in an Era of Participatory Culture

Oct 19, 2011

IMLS is hosting a seminar, Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture, in partnership with the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria. The seminar is convening international leaders in libraries and museums to explore and debate the changing roles and responsibilities of libraries and museums in society. Read More

 
Blog Post: Connect to Compete: FCC Launches Digital Literacy Coalition
Susan Hildreth stands behind a Connect to Compete podium.

Oct 17, 2011

On October 12, I participated in the unveiling of Connect to Compete, a public-private partnership to turn around the problem of digital exclusion in the US. According to the Pew Research Center, one-third of all Americans – 100 million people – have not adopted broadband high-speed Internet at home. The national announcement is the first major action by Chairman Genachowski’s Broadband Adoption Task force, created in May to help close the adoption gap. Read More

 
Blog Post: 21st Century Skills in Oklahoma
Photo of Ken Busby, Marsha Semmel, and Brenda Granger

Oct 14, 2011

“Is Your Museum Ready for the Learning Revolution?” Museums need to be intentional about ways in which they promote critical thinking and problem solving, and they need to prioritize the effective adoption of digital technologies that facilitate broad access, knowledge sharing, and discovery. Read More

 
Blog Post: It’s Not Speed Dating, but Poster Sessions Do Have Many Benefits
Nicole Cooke poster

Oct 13, 2011

Posters sessions facilitate quick and informative peer-to-peer networking and knowledge sharing about IMLS funded projects. Read More

 
Blog Post: R&D: Rip Off and Duplicate!
pubCtoCReport hlt

Oct 11, 2011

IMLS sponsored a Connecting to Collections Continuing Conversation Exchange at the American Association for State and Local History annual meeting held September 14-17 in Richmond, VA. Representatives from 47 states and 2 territories gathered to discuss statewide collections care plans and preservation resources. Read More

 
Blog Post: Digital Literacy Opportunities for All
Photo of Susan Hildreth

Oct 06, 2011

As part of our strategic focus, IMLS is a collaborative partner in a variety of initiatives to improve public access technology, resources and training. DigitalLiteracy.gov is a valuable resource to practitioners who are delivering digital literacy training and services in their communities. Read More

 
Blog Post: National Book Festival Inspires Readers
Author Chris Van Dusen assists with map-stamping at the Georgia table.

Oct 04, 2011

The 2011 National Book Festival delighted and inspired readers and book lovers of all ages. IMLS sponsored the Pavilion of the States which provides opportunities for library and book lovers to meet representatives from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and a number of the U.S. territories. Read More

 
Blog Post: Get Involved in Your Community’s Early Learning Efforts!
Photo of Susan Hildreth

Sep 26, 2011

Get involved in your community’s early learning efforts! Compete for the 2012 All-America City Award!​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Singing Sashimi and Making a Robot with Mom: My Visit to the Future at Maker Faire
photo of a boy using tools at Maker Faire

Sep 23, 2011

The World Maker Faire brings amateur and professional tinkerers, geeks, and artists together for a weekend of “serious fun.” Read More

 
Blog Post: We Have the Secret to Museum Success…
photo of Jill Connors-Joyner

Sep 21, 2011

AAM’s Museum Assessment Program (MAP) has been helping museums achieve excellence for 30 years. More than 4,300 museums of all types have participated in over 6,000 assessments since 1981. Read More

 
Blog Post: The View from Los Angeles on Digitally Inclusive Communities
Photo of Susan Hildreth

Sep 15, 2011

Editor’s note: IMLS is working with the University of Washington Information School and the International City/County Management Association to incorporate feedback into the next version of the “Framework.” A survey to get broad public input is also planned and will be available on www.imls.gov in the coming months. Read More

 
Blog Post: It’s Not About Me, It’s All About You
photo of Bridget Butler

Sep 13, 2011

The goal of Voices for the Lake is to create a community forum through a website, an exhibit and a set of social network tools to engage people in an evolving dialogue about water. Read More

 
Blog Post: Exhibit Booth Visits -- ALA 2011!
photo of Kevin Cherry with a group of students at the IMLS booth

Sep 09, 2011

Library science scholarship recipients visit the IMLS exhibit booth at the American Library Association’s annual conference held in New Orleans. In addition to tuition and fees, grant funds also support professional development opportunities. Read More

 
Blog Post: Lincoln Park Zoo Environmental Literacy
Photo of Leah Melber

Sep 01, 2011

Building 21st Century Skills through Environmental Literacy The Lincoln Park Zoo was recently awarded an IMLS Museums for America grant to develop six new mobile learning stations to create a dynamic visitor experience, promote the zoo's mission, and encourage visitors to share what they have learned. Read More

 
Blog Post: Welcome to UpNext – The New IMLS Blog!
Photo of Susan Hildreth

Aug 25, 2011

I hope you will enjoy learning more about our projects and initiatives and that you will also take the opportunity to share what you know, engage with your peers, community members, IMLS staff, and other thought leaders from libraries, museums and beyond. Read More

 
 



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